Keeping Your Tires Healthy

By: Heather Rea

Just because they’re on the exterior it doesn’t indicate we shouldn’t concern ourselves with the tires. Honestly speaking tires are the literal wheels of our cars. They’re probably the most overworked in terms of car parts. If we’re speaking of caste system, they’re the working class. They’re the blue collared employees, the dirty job no one would like to do.

And because they’re one of the most overworked, they ought to have the best medical care. It’s just like walking on tightrope running on tires that aren’t appropriately maintained. If you’re a car owner it’s not just beneficial to know the cylinders of your engine or even the torque. Or if you possess a fleet of say trucks or buses, it’s not simply crucial that you fully grasp their fuel efficiency, you must be experienced of the particulars of your tires.

Tire Pressure

One of the first stuff you should know when first buying your car or fleet is identifying the appropriate air pressure for the tires. Wrong air pressure equates to disaster particularly if your vehicles go on lengthy trips or are consistently on the move. While low pressure will cause the wearing of the exteriors of your respective tires, over-inflation will damage its middle portion.

It’s important to examine your tire pressure at least once a month, for fleets, as frequently as you can. And never neglect that for car owners, you have five tires in all. For ten wheeler trucks, you've eleven. Tucked somewhere within your vehicle is the spare tire that will require the same attention as the ones attached.

Penny Test

Tire tread is another thing that wears easily. The jargon for verifying when your tire tread is already thinning is The Penny Test. The method for this is shooting the penny within the grooves. If Abraham Lincoln’s head is still buried deep inside, your tires are still good to go. However, if you start seeing the words “In God We Trust” above his head, then it’s time for you to start searching for brand new tires.

A thinned down tread will lose grip on the road and slippery when wet isn’t just a caution any longer but a real possibility. If you notice your tires wearing easily, you should check for other maintenance problems for example misalignment, imbalance or other mechanical problems.


Rotating your tires is one of the best ways to prevent the deteriorating of your tread. Typically just one or two sides of our vehicles are constantly used. When more weight is pressed on that section, the more the tires tend to bite on the streets. Rotating the tires balance out their use.


Unbalanced wheels induce tires to vibrate, bounce or feel loose when you’re driving your car or truck. It’s because one side is weightier than the other. Uneven weight on wheels is another cause for thin tire treads. Balancing tires is the act of adding weight to the lighter tire.

So, be good to your tire and your tire will be good to you. Plus they can all get you to where no man has gone before. One further thing to remember not just for your tires but also concerns your engine, your suspension, your safety: by no means overload. Your car in general can only take so much.

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