Do you enjoy undertaking long auto or RV excursions? If so, you probably already appreciate the importance of keeping your vehicle in good condition. By maintaining the tires, you may help avoid inconvenience, expense and unnecessary delays. Consider asking your mechanic to check over four key elements before setting out on your next journey:

1- Verify Serial Numbers And Warranties

Manufacturers create many different sizes and types of tires. While drivers of new automobiles rarely encounter problems due to mis-matched tires, owners of used vehicles should doublecheck to make sure their vehicles utilize identically sized tires on all four wheels. (This problem proves especially important for drivers of refurbished or salvaged cars and RVs.)

Unless a manufacturer has specifically engineered a vehicle to accept differently sized tires, the use of mismatched tires imposes safety hazards. Why? The vehicle will not maintain a completely level profile when the tires vary in size. This situation could allow one tire to wear out much faster, predisposing your vehicle to a blowout. Consider checking the model number for each tire and recording it. You’ll want to carry this information along with you during road trips in case tire problems arise. If you maintain any tire warranties, take this documentation along with you, too.

2- Inspect The Tread

Carefully inspecting the tread of each tire also helps drivers avoid problems along the road. Just like the sole of a shoe, a tire will eventually display visible signs of wear and tear. Unless you possess extensive automotive repair skills and a garage with a pneumatic lift, it generally proves helpful to ask your mechanic to perform this assignment for you. Experienced auto repairers can usually detect signs of possible tire tread problems more readily than amateurs. The ability to elevate the vehicle also allows them to view every part of the tire to check for tears and extensive wear.

Why does inspecting the tread matter? If your mechanic discovers tread damage, you’ll have an opportunity to replace the old tires before they cause problems along the road. Taking this precaution could help you avoid fixing a flat tire along the side of a lonely highway.

3- Check The Air Pressure

Experts also recommend drivers check the air pressure of each tire before departing on a long journey. Your auto manual should indicate the preferred tire pressure for you make and model of vehicle. Today, many newer brands include computerized systems which automatically monitor tire pressure; these high-tech systems will issue an alert to notify the driver if a problem arises. If you cannot locate your manual, ask a Certified Auto Mechanic for assistance in determining the optimal tire pressure.

You’ll want to maintain automotive or RV tire pressures within recommended ranges. Overfilling a tire with air in some situations may contribute to a blowout. On the other hand, underfilling a tire also poses safety concerns. A vehicle with one low tire may tend to veer towards the right or the left on the open highway, for example.

4- Check The Alignment

Asking your mechanic to check the alignment (and rotate your tires if necessary) also helps keep the tires in good shape. Proper tire alignment ensures treads wear evenly. Taking this step may help you prevent a flat tire along the road.

Checking the tire alignment helps maintain the anticipated lifespan of tires. Most auto repair shops possess the tools required to perform tire rotations. This simple maintenance measure proves comparatively inexpensive.

Careful Tire Maintenance: A Smart Precaution

Maintaining the tires of your vehicle does not necessarily require a significant time investment. Yet making sure you know all the fine details about the size and model numbers of your car’s tires might help you save money and delays. Verify this information before embarking on your next extended journey. It also makes sense to inspect the tread, check the air pressure, and doublecheck the tire alignment. Emergency towing and repair services frequently prove expensive! Avoid these costs whenever possible by obtaining tire maintenance before leaving home.

Resources:
1. https://www.flhsmv.gov/safety-center/vehicle-safety/tire-safety/
2. https://www.kiplinger.com/slideshow/cars/T009-S001-car-care-myths-that-need-to-die/index.html 
3. https://www.bankrate.com/finance/money-guides/keeping-your-tires-in-shape-1.aspx

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