As spring arrives, there are a few things you should check on your vehicle. This is a good time to get your vehicle back into shape after a tough season facing frigid temperatures, snow, ice, and now potholes. There are some spring car tire tips to get your vehicle ready for the upcoming road travel season. The tires are important because they are the only part of the vehicle that makes direct contact with the surface of the road.
Roads filled with potholes can make winter driving tough on the suspension of your vehicle. Whether you had winter or all-season tires on your vehicle, check the evenness of the wear across the width of the tread. If you observe uneven tire wear, you might need a wheel alignment. Ignore it and your tires will wear out quickly and need to be replaced sooner than you thought.
With spring and summer around the corner, you will want a tire that can resist hydroplaning in heavy rain and slide on slick, wet roads. To check if your tires are well worn, try the penny test. This is a good tool to determine how much performance you have left. Place the penny upside down in the groove of the tire. If you can see the top of Lincoln’s head, then the tread has worn down and the tire should be replaced.
Make sure to bring the vehicle in and we can inspect the tread of the tires for you. Also remember to check the inflation of the tires regularly. Under inflated tires can cause heat build-up. You can also bring the vehicle in and we can check the air pressure for the tires for you. This will help ensure they rotate efficiently when you drive.