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Tire Pressure and Tire Tread: How to Check Them From Home

Tire Pressure and Tire Tread

Your tires are one of the most important parts of your vehicle, making sure it runs smoothly and effectively, both improving your fuel economy and reducing the possibility of accidents on the road. This is why it is vital to keep them in good shape.

Thankfully, it’s easy to make sure your tires are still good quality from home, by measuring two major aspects: tire pressure and tire tread.

The right tire pressure keeps your tires working properly and also prevents your tires from experiencing a blowout. You can determine the appropriate tire pressure by checking your owner’s manual.

These days, many newer cars have tire pressure monitoring systems that will let you know when one of the tires’ pressure is low, but you can also purchase an affordable, quality tire gauge to check from home. Tires can be inflated easily with hardware you can buy and keep in your car.

As for tire tread, all you need is a simple penny. Place the penny in between the tread, and rotate it so that Lincoln’s head is facing towards the tire. If you can see his entire head still, then your tire tread is worn down too much, but if the top of his head is covered by the tread, then you are good to go.

For more tips and tricks, feel free to visit us anytime at Highway Ford!

Choosing the Right Tires: Preparing for Colder Weather

Snow Tires

As cold weather approaches, now is the ideal time to think about replacing your tires. Although it depends on how often and how far you’ve driven, replacing your tires gives you better handling, better control, and even better fuel economy in some cases. Choosing the right tires doesn’t have to be difficult.

According to Edmunds, you should look for uneven wear patterns and bald spots as indicators of bad tires. The law usually requires that you replace tires when they’ve worn down to 2/32-inch of tread depth, but that’s fairly dangerous. Consider replacing tires when they’re down to 4/32-inch. A tread gauge is easy to find at any auto parts store.

Tire selection ranges from off-road tires, all-season tires, and winter tires among others. Each has an advantage, but unless you live in the snow belt or plan on tackling some tough trails, all-season tires are often the way to go.

How many tires should I get? When buying a complete set of tires, you have the most flexibility, and can basically get whatever you want. If you’re buying two tires (or one, in a rare circumstance), you should always match your other tires as much as possible so there is no uneven wear or lopsided traction.  If you have more questions about finding the right tire for you, stop by and see us in our Service Department!

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