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Tire Safety Homework for Any Car Owner

By July 23, 2018Auto Repair

It might be a relief when schools let out so you don’t have to badger your kids about doing their homework any longer. But summer is just as important of a time to do your own homework on your tires as any other season of the year. When you ignore tire safety in Philadelphia, things happen. And that could mean you’re sitting by the side of the road waiting for a tow truck—or worse. Do your tire homeowner and you’re a lot less likely to get yourself into trouble where they are concerned. Here are a few homework items to put on your to-do list.

Check Tire Pressure

Your vehicle is designed to hold tire pressure at a certain level in order to remain functional and efficient. If your tire pressure goes down in one or more tires, things start to go awry. You could hurt your fuel economy or shorten the tire’s lifespan in the meantime. Get in the habit of checking the tire pressure when you get gas, or at least once a month, to make sure everything is good and at the right level.

Avoid Mixing Tires

If you have one tire that gets a hole in it, don’t buy a different tire to replace it. You need something that is the same size and tread pattern as the others or you will mix things and not have a vehicle that handles correctly. It’s always best to replace all four tires at once, but that’s not always possible. If you have to get just one, get the same one as the others.

Regular Rotations

No vehicle is always going to have even weight distribution and to fight off uneven wear, make sure your tires are rotated regularly. You’ll want to get them rotated ever 5,000 miles, or every oil change appointment. It’s an easy time to take care of that homework item.

Inspect Treat

You need to keep an eye on the tread of your tires to make sure they are at a safe depth. Take a penny and insert it into the groove with Lincoln’s head down. If you can see the top of Lincoln’s head, the tread is too low. When you keep an eye on the tread with regular inspections, you’ll see it happening and be able to anticipate when you need new tires.

Get Help As Needed

Not everyone is going to think about tire safety in Philadelphia on a regular basis. That’s why it’s nice to have a partnership with a shop you can trust, like Schafer’s Auto Repair. Our technicians at SAC are the best when it comes to tires and we’ll keep an eye on every important detail for you. Whether you know you need tire help or not, give us a call for your Philadelphia auto repair needs and we’ll take a look at the tires too. Contact Schafer’s Auto Center at 215-755-1270 for an appointment or stop by 1924 S Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19148 with your tire questions. We’re here to help!

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