Last Winter Tip of 2019! Checking Your Tire Pressure Between Vehicle Services
As we close out 2019 we thought a reminder of checking your tire pressure would be something you can add to your New Year's resolution list. Winter weather has taken it's full affect and recently wreaking havoc for California drivers headed up North during the Christmas holiday with road closures and issues driving through the snow. One thing we'd recommend for you to do not only before winter road trips but also in between your scheduled vehicle service appointments.
Make 2020 the time you get in the habit of checking your tire pressure at recommended intervals in between your already scheduled tire pressure inspections and oil level inspections.
Why do I have to check my tire pressure?
Today’s modern vehicles are equipped with TPMS or Tire Pressure Monitoring System which alerts the driver that one or more of the tires are low on pressure. While this system is quite beneficial to have, the sensor will not alert the driver until the pressure is already dangerously low. Low tire pressure could cause a loss in steering and cause the vehicle to become unstable. You do not want to get to this point when you're on the road.
Despite the myths, checking your tire pressure is very easy to do! The correct tire pressure for your vehicle can be found in the driver’s door jam and what the manufacturer recommends. You can also find this information in your car owner's manual, we recommend you keep that in your glove box as a quick and easy reference.
Using a simple tire pressure gauge will allow you to check each tire. You can add air at the nearest gas station, vehicle service center or feel free to pop on over and we can take care of it for you, as well as show you how to do this so you can be hands on in the future!
Air pressure should be checked once a month which will literally take 5 minutes or less, or before you take any long road trips, this could save you money but also any potential damage to your tires.
Your tire tread depth condition should be routinely checked and it is recommended you have at least 3/32 of tread. Here's a simple tip for you: Use the old penny trick where you place the penny upside down and you should not be able to see the top of Lincolns head.
We hope this message helps you for a safe drive from your day to day commute to road trips, it's a simple task that can help prevent major damage to your tires. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us, your safety on the road is important to us! Hope you have a happy and safe New Year's!