Not Driving as Much? Now is a Great Time to Get Tirewise

car technician rolling a car's tire | tirewiseMillions of Americans all across the country are stuck at home due to the Coronavirus pandemic, and most of us have gone from probably driving too much, to hardly driving at all.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is urging drivers to use a little of the extra free time they might find themselves with now, to get “TireWise” using a helpful resource they’ve made available at nhtsa.gov.

Tires: The Only Thing Between You and the Road

Proper tire maintenance and care is one of the most important, yet also overlooked, aspects of vehicle safety. The tires on your car or course, are the only part of your vehicle that actually makes contact with the road. It only makes sense that you want those tires to be in good condition and as safe as possible.

Yet, many drivers neglect to pay enough attention to their tires. And that can be not only a very dangerous mistake if something goes wrong, but also a very expensive mistake even if nothing goes wrong. 

Bad Tires Cost Money

According to the NHTSA, only 19% of drivers properly inflate their tires, and that can lead to a serious overspending on fuel. Tires that are properly inflated can save as much as 11 cents per gallon of gas. While 11 cents may not seem like much, remember that the average person buys hundreds of gallons of gas each year, so you can save yourself money in the long run, just by having properly inflated tires.

Other basic tire maintenance habits, such as getting your tires rotated and balanced, as well as getting the alignment adjusted, will help extend the lifespan of your tires, according to the NHTSA by average of 4,700 miles. Considering how expensive tires can get, this is another great way to save money. 

Taking Care of Your Tires

The NHTSA has five basic tire maintenance tips that will help save you money, and help keep you and your family safer on the road:

  1. Tire Pressure – Regularly check your tire pressure on a monthly basis. This means finding a time where the vehicle hasn’t been driven for at least three hours, so that the tires are “cold”, and then using a tire pressure gauge to make sure your tires are inflated to the correct pressure. But how do you know what the correct tire pressure is? Most vehicles will have a “Tire and Loading Information” sticker somewhere on the driver side door edge, or in the owner’s manual. Newer cars will often have this information on what’s called the “B-pillar” or somewhere else that you should be able to find relatively easily. Even if your vehicle has an alert icon displayed by the tire pressure monitoring system that lets you know when your tires are below proper inflation levels, you should still make a habit of regularly checking, just to be on the safe side. 
  2. Tire Tread – At the same time that you’re checking the pressure, you should also check the tread. Modern tires have raised sections that interweave between the thread of the tire. These are called “treadwear indicators”, and when they’ve been worn down to the same level as the tread, that means it’s time to replace the tires. 
  3. Balance and Alignment – Having your tires balanced and aligned by a professional maintenance technician is also extremely important to ensuring that your wheels won’t vibrate, or that the vehicle won’t veer off to the right or left, and can help ensure longer life for your tires, which will save you money.
  4. Tire Rotation – You can also extend the lifespan of your tires and make sure you cut down on irregularities in how the tire wears down, by getting your tires rotated. Be aware though, not all vehicles can have their tires rotated, so you should check the owners manual for guidance. 
  5. Tire Size – When it is time to buy new tires, make sure you’re getting the size that’s recommended by the manufacturer. You can usually find this information in the owner’s manual, or on the Tire and Loading Information label, Your tire dealer will most likely also have a database and will be able to tell you the right size for your model and make. 

Contact a Fort Collins Personal Injury Lawyer 

Fowler Injury LawThe Fowler Law Firm has the experience and resources needed to tackle personal injury cases both big and small. Insurance companies notoriously play hardball with accident survivors. They do not want to pay them what they need to recover. That is why we fight so aggressively for our clients. We can protect your rights to pursue compensation after an injury accident. Call us today at (970) 232-3322 or fill out our confidential contact form for more information. We offer free consultations because we want to learn more about you personally. Call us or come in for a free review of your case. 

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