Most drivers, even beginners, have heard things here and there about tire maintenance—the penny trick to check the tread, for instance. But why? What happens if the tread is too worn?
The importance of tire maintenance isn’t discussed as often as how to do it. Tires are your only point of contact with the road, so keeping them in good health is necessary for your own safety. If the tread is worn down, for example, you lose traction. This is why it’s often recommended to check your tire tread before winter and spring, the wettest seasons of the year.
Keeping tires properly inflated is another important part of tire maintenance. If tire pressure is too low, which often happens in colder months, you lose traction. If tires are over-inflated, more common in summer, you’ll experience a harsher ride, less contact with the road, and even bad damages when going over pot holes.
Check your tires for cracks, leaks, and bulging, as these are all signs of bad tires and may soon lead to a blowout, which could damage your rim. Bad tires could lead to a lot of problems, so inspect them regularly!