Identifying Great Tires

2 Ways To Evaluate Your Car's Tires

Your car needs your tires to be in good shape. When your tires are in good shape and set up the way that they should be, your gas mileage is better and you are safer driving. That means you need to make sure that you evaluate your tires on a regular basis. So, what are some things that you should look for when you are evaluating your tires to make sure that they are still in good shape?

Uneven Wear

One thing you need to do is to make sure that your tires are wearing evenly. If you notice that one side is wearing out faster than the other, there are some different things the problem can be. The easiest thing to do to try to pinpoint the problem is to get your car's tires rotated, aligned, and balanced. When you get your tires rotated, that means that they are going to switch the tires from the front to the back while also shifting diagonally. Basically, the service techs will move your left rear passenger's side tire is going to become your right front driver's side tire. That will let the tires wear more evenly. Getting them aligned means that the service tech is going to set it so that your wheels aim completely straight. Generally, when your tires are installed they get aligned, but just even driving will knock them out of alignment. When the service tech balances your tires, they are going to add tiny little weights near your tires, so that everything is even. That will give you a more comfortable and safer ride. 

Tread Depth

The tread of your tire creates traction, which is what helps you stick to the road. However, you need to make sure that you have the right amount of tread. The best way to do it is to grab old Honest Abe. What you are going to do is to put a penny upside down and facing you. If you can see his entire head, you don't have enough tread. If most of his head and face is obscured, then you have some time before you have to replace your tires, but if it's really close, you may want to go ahead and start changing out your tires. 

Your tires let you drive safely, when they are in good shape, you are safer. As an added benefit you also save on your gas money