Tire-related issues account for 27% of all roadside emergencies. Approximately 7 tire punctures occur every second in the United States, causing nearly 220 million flat tires per year. While flat tires do happen, you can do a lot to prevent them by regularly performing basic maintenance and checks.
Try out these easy tire tricks to keep your car on the road:
- Check your cold tire pressure weekly. Maintaining proper tire pressure ensures not only safer driving but also better fuel efficiency. You can check your tire pressure using a simple tire pressure gauge. If your tires are below the recommended PSI, you can inflate your tires at your local gas or service station. You’ll find the manufacturer’s recommended PSI inside the frame of your driver side door.
- Inspect your tires for even tread wear. If you notice uneven wear across the tire, any foreign objects in the tread, or large nicks, have a qualified technician inspect your tires. An alignment may be needed to correct uneven tire wear, or a consistent pull to the right or left when driving.
- Ensure that your spare tire and jack are in good working condition. Before you head off on any summer trips, make sure to check that your spare tire hasn’t gone flat and that your jack works properly. Other less crucial items that make changing a spare tire easier include: a wrench, flashlight, gloves, tire gauge, and tire blocks. Don’t know how to change a flat tire? Or need a refresher? Check out this handy guide from PopularMechanics.
Check back next week for more tips!
– Getaround Fleet Team