tires

Tire Pressure, Tread and Safety

When was the last time you checked your tire pressure? Fewer and fewer service stations provide this service these days so it’s a good idea to purchase a tire guage and check it yourself. Properly inflated tires promote better gas mileage and traction.

An over inflated tire has less contact between the tread and the pavement. This results in bouncing and an increase in stopping distance.

Under inflated tires have too much contact with the road causing increased friction which could lead to over heating. Over heated tires are dangerous. An over heated tread can separate from the tire causing dangerous blowouts and costly repairs.

It’s also important to monitor the tread depth of your tires. You can do this using the penny test. Simply take a penny and turn it so President Lincoln’s head is facing downward. Then stick the coin between the treads of the tires.

If you see all of Lincoln’s head, you have less than 2/32nds of an inch of tread and it is time to replace those tires.