Without your tires, you would get nowhere. Your tires are one of the most important aspects of your vehicle, both for its smooth operation and your safety. While safety ratings are certainly important, they rarely come into play if all of the parts of your vehicle are in good working order and doing their jobs.
There are several myths and facts about tires that every vehicle owner should be aware of. When you know about your tires, you are better able to keep yourself, your passengers and others on the road safe. Here is a brief rundown of four of your vehicle’s most important components.
One of the most widely believed misconceptions about tires is that, when purchasing two new tires, those tires should be placed in the front of the vehicle. The truth is that this is quite dangerous. Think about it like this: When your new front tires are working as they should, especially on wet pavement, they are pushing water back towards your rear tires. If those tires are in poor condition, you stand a better chance of hydroplaning or skidding.
If you buy new tires, your mechanic will likely tell you that they should be placed in the rear. Of the four tires you already have, the two that are in the best condition will be placed in the front. Don’t argue with your mechanic — they are giving you the right advice.
How many people do you know who purchase a new car and buy all sorts of accessories for it? From interior lights to body accessories, people jazz up their vehicles in all manner of ways. Instead of spending the money on looks alone, consider spending the money on a new set of tires.
Every new vehicle obviously comes with tires, but they are stock. For example, every new Honda Fit comes with the same set of four tires, or at least the majority do. If you are looking for a way to immediately upgrade your vehicles, consider choosing a new set of tires that will enhance the performance of your vehicle.
Pay close attention to what type of weather tires are made for. A tire that is fantastic on dry pavement may not be all that great on wet or icy pavement. People purchase all-weather tires only to sometimes be disappointed with their handling on certain surfaces.
If you live in an area that experiences frequent rain, you may need tires that are designed to handle wet pavement well. Research the tires you are planning on purchasing and ask plenty of questions before you hand over any money. It is rare for a tire to perform equally across all types of pavement and weather conditions.
If you are like most people, you open your door, read the sticker on the jamb, and fill your tires to the max PSI. You are worried that if you overfill your tires, you will have an explosion. This isn’t the case. The max press, or maximum pressure, rating tells you the PSI necessary for your vehicle’s ability to carry maximum weight safely.
If you overfill your tires, it is very unlikely that you will experience a blowout. That said, it is not recommended to overfill your tires in an extreme manner. A few PSI over the max press rating is fine. Your tires lose about one PSI per month. Going over by 10, 20 or even 30 could have you experiencing a blowout should you hit a pothole just right.
New cars are equipped with a TPMS, or tire pressure monitoring system. Many people falsely believe that this system will alert them as soon as the pressure drops. This is not the case. Your TPMS light will not come on until your tire pressure is at a dangerously low level. Think of this warning light as you would any other light on your panel: If it comes on, attention needs to be given immediately.
Your tires are some of the most important pieces of your vehicle. When you understand what to look for, you are better able to keep from experiencing a collision due to their failure. If you have further questions about tires, speak to a mechanic you trust. They should be happy to provide you with information.
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