BEST TIRE TIPS FOR COLORADO DRIVERS
Since your tires are the only part of your car that actually touches the road, it’s important to maintain and care for them properly.
Whether cornering around the curves of a mountain road, off-roading on a rugged trail, or driving on a snow-packed Denver street, adhering to some simple, best practices for your tires will ensure peak performance of your vehicle and your passenger’s safety.
The below list of Best Tire Tips will help you, regardless of what tires you own or car you drive:
1) Perform a cursory inspection of your tires once a month. Routine checkups and preventative maintenance will help you avoid serious issues and accidents.
2) Check your tire pressure. Over-inflation and under-inflation can lead to both unnecessary and uneven tread wear. Likewise, gas mileage decreases 0.3% for every 1 PSI of under-inflation, so maintaining the suggested air pressure will save you money in the long-run. While your vehicle’s TPMS should provide notifications for when you need to refill your tires, it’s good practice to manually check your air pressure every month and whenever the temperature fluctuates more than 10 degrees.
3) Check your tire treads. The legal limit for tread recession is 1/16-inch, but it’s best not to drive on tires with a recession less than 1/8-inch. Perform the “Penny Test” in order to determine the depth of your tread. Proper tread depth with increase performance and safety of your vehicle.
4) Align your wheels. Even if your vehicle drives straight and does not pull to one side or the other, you should have your wheels aligned annually. Misalignment will cause your tires to wear unevenly, which will necessitate their replacement sooner than expected.
5) Rotate your tires. Since the tires on your car each bare a different amount of weight depending on their placement, it helps to rotate them in order even out the wear that these differences create. Generally speaking, you should rotate your tires every 5,000 to 8,000 miles.
6) Balance your tires. Balancing your tires ensures that there is an even weight distribution around the axles on which they are mounted. Not only does balancing prevent uneven wear, but it also lessens strain on the wheel bearings and suspension system.
7) Select correct tires. When purchasing new tires, there are many types from which to choose: all-season, performance, off-road, summer, and snow/winter, just to name a few. It’s best to consider the weather and road conditions you find yourself driving in most frequently, and then select the tire that best fits your needs. Likewise, make sure all four of your tires are the same size and use the same tread type. Finally, if you own seasonal tires, winter tires typically should be removed once the average daily temperature consistently exceeds forty degrees. Conversely, you should change from summer to winter tires at the first prediction of snowfall.
8) Be prepared. In case you experience a tire-related emergency on the road, make sure that you have the proper equipment stowed in your car for fixing a flat. These items include your owner’s manual, an inflated spare tire, jack, lug wrench, and bracing material (e.g. a small piece of wood or a brick). You also have the option of calling Prestige Imports Parts and Service Department at (833) 825-5423 for roadside assistance and towing options.
9) Schedule an appointment with Prestige Imports Audi and Porsche certified technicians. Call us today at (833) 825-5423. We maintain a comprehensive inventory of high quality Genuine OEM parts and accessories.
Following these Best Tire Tips should extend the life of your tires, keep you safer on the road, maintain the highest levels of performance for your vehicle, and save you some money along the way.
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