Inspecting Your Tires in Sixty Seconds

The wheels on your vehicle are one of the most important parts of your car. Because of this, it is crucial to have your tires checked at least monthly to make sure they are in good condition for driving. Below are some simple steps you can take to help find any potential problems with your tires and to help you avoid any dangerous issues on the road.

  • Walk around your vehicle: when there is plenty of light outside to help you see things easily, take a thorough walk around your vehicle.
  • Look for any tread wear that is uneven: it is likely you will need to have your tires rotated if your wheels have treadwear that is uneven. The tread on your tires is dependent on the kind of tires you have mounted. When the tread where is uneven, there are a couple of reasons it could be so. Your tires may have too little or too much air pressure, you may be having balancing or alignment issues, or you can have suspension or steering problems.
  • Look for any bulging or cracking in your sidewalls or treads: these could be due to a weakness in your tire. Bulging and cracking are typically caused by hitting a curb or pothole.
  • Look for anything protruding into your tire: on occasion, you may find thing sticking out of your tire. These things are often dependent on where you live our park your car regularly.
  • Check for tire treads that are worn: use a penny to check your tread. With a penny stuck in the groove, look at Lincoln’s head. If Lincoln’s head is touched by the tread, your tires are okay. If not, you need to purchase new ones soon.

Any of the above problems could cause your tire to blowout.  It’s terrible to lose control – trust me. One day I was driving to my brother’s company, JT’s Tree Service Orange County, and my front tire blew. If you have ever driven in Orange County you know the traffic is terrific at all times of the day.  I luckily was able to regain control and pull over to the side, but my life definitely flashed before me.

Anytime you lose control over your car is a dangerous situation. If you find any of the problems listed above, it is best to schedule a time to go into your local car shop to have your tires professionally checked.