These Come Between You and the Highway

22 11 2011

Dale BertramThankfully, we don’t have to use our feet to give our vehicles a “running start” like in the Flintstone’s cartoons and we have actual brakes to stop our car. Just watching the Stone Age family use their feet for brakes makes me say, “Ouch!” Sure…the Flintstones had wheels but that didn’t keep Fred, and his sidekick, Barney’s feet from touching the road. Wheels, apparently, just helped the car roll better…after all…in the Stone Age wheels were a somewhat new invention.

Fortunately we have progressed to tires to keep us and our car off the highway. It has been that way since Henry Ford’s Model A. Tires are, after all, the only part of the car that actually touches the road. That is a good reason to keep them as healthy as possible.

Tire rotations should be part of your regular preventive maintenance routine, just like changing the oil and filters. We recommend tire rotations be done every six months or so. This seemingly simple act of swapping the tires around keeps them from having extensive wear and tear and prolongs their life.

Proper inflation is also of high importance for the health of your car’s tires. This is a service that should be performed each time you get your car serviced or quarterly. Many things effect tire pressure, including temperature fluctuations and this puts an unnecessary pressure on your tires which wear them out! Not only does improper inflation cost you in fuel efficiency, it can lead to tire puncture and poor car handling if left unchecked for a long period of time.

If it has been awhile since you had your tires checked here is one simple test you can do yourself. Stick a penny into one of your tire’s tread with Lincoln going in head first. If you can still see the top of his head you need a new set of tires as your tread depth is less than 2/32”. I know…bald is beautiful but not when it comes to tires.

When you consider that everything is riding on these tires…keeping them healthy is very important…at least until we enter the Space Age and our vehicles are airborne like George Jetson’s!

Happy Motoring!

 

 

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