Give Your Tires the Attention They Deserve

April 24th, 2015

When taking a car off of our lot, customers can rest assured that it’s in great shape and—whether new or old—ready for years and years of driving. Still, in order to maximize the life of a car and the safety of those it carries, vehicle owners need to be aware of how to take care of it with regular maintenance and inspection.


These days, modern automobiles give off an aura of invincibility. It’s true that high-tech components do a great job of making cars safer and more secure than ever before. Still, there are some parts that are so basic and fundamental that they just need some good old-fashioned routine maintenance. Tires—the only part of your car that actually makes contact with the road—are at the top of this list.


So while you can leave much of your worry and concern aside, leaving it to intricate systems of sensors and alerts, the physical nature of your tires calls for you to pay some attention to them.


Everyone knows that tires wear down over time. This can compromise your safety and cost you money on fuel efficiency. What many people don’t know is that tire wear can occur even when they’re not being used very often. While a little bit of wear can actually be somewhat beneficial in ideal driving conditions, rain and snow are a completely different story.


Remember learning about “hydroplaning” back in your Driver’s Ed class? In case you’ve forgotten, hydroplaning is basically when a car begins to actually float on top of water on the ground, causing the driver to totally lose control. It sounds farfetched, but oftentimes the only thing keeping a car from hydroplaning is the treading on its tires. Treads allow water to rush through and escape without sending you on a surprise ghost ride. Similarly, treading allows cars to effectively travel through snow.


To deal with changes in weather, many drivers choose to change their tires seasonally, which is never a bad idea. After all, if you split time between two sets of tires, each one should last much longer. Whether you use winter tires or not, most states require that tires be replaced when they reach 2/32” of remaining tread depth. If you’re unsure, most tires will have indicators in the form of tread wear bars that reveal themselves when it’s time for a new set.


When it comes to tire wear, much depends on what type of car you drive and what type of driving you typically do. The staff at George Kell Motors are happy to help you come up with a tire maintenance plan that’s right for you.


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