Tires affect how your vehicle handles, rides, and brakes.  Checking your tires regularly is important for your safety.  You should inspect your tires monthly for the correct air pressure, tread depth, balance and wheel alignment.  Here are some things to look for when evaluating your tire safety.

Visual Inspection:

  • Over Inflation – too much air pressure causes the middle of the tire to have the most contact with the road creating more wear in the center of the tire.
  • Under Inflation – too little air pressure causes the edges of the tire to have the most contact with the road creating more wear on the edges of the tire.
  • Tread Wear on One Edge of the Tire – this usually occurs when the wheels are out of alignment.
  • Erratic Tread Wear – often called cupping, it can mean the wheels are out of balance, or the suspension or shock absorbers need to be replaced.
  • Raised Portion of the Tread or Sidewall – can indicate that one of the belts have separated.

While Driving:

  • Unusual Vibration or Thumping Noise – vibration or thumping noises can indicate an out-of-balance tire, where there is a flat spot in the tread due to locking the wheels in a panic stop, or a tire with a separated belt.
  • A Pull to One Side – when driving at a steady speed your vehicle pulling to one side may indicate an underinflated or damaged tire on the side towards the pull. It can also be a brake problem or poor wheel alignment causing the pull.

Taking a few minutes every month to inspect your tires can help improve your vehicle’s performance, lengthen the life of your tires, and protect your family.  Air pressure should be checked when your tires are cold.  You should use the quarter or penny test to ensure that your tire has enough tread.  If you see the top of the head on the coin, then you should replace the tire.  Stop by Earp’s today to inspect your tires.