Car Tips - How to Properly Maintain Your Car Tires


Proper tire care and maintenance can save you money and help you be safer on the road. Here are some top tire tips:

1. Rotate tires every 5,000-7,000 miles. This will help tires wear at the same time.

2. Always put new tires on the back axle. It will help drivers keep control of their cars on wet roads. It doesn't matter if you have front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, if you lose traction on the rear first, your car will spin.

3. Keep tire pressure at the recommended level. Low tire pressure can cause tires to lose their grip on wet, rainy surfaces. How much pressure do your tires need? Look for the number in your car owner's manual or on your car door. 

4. Check tire pressure on a regular basis. This is best done in the morning when the pressures are cool and stabilized. It is recommended that you do this once a month and any time you take a long trip.

5. Check tire tread depth regularly. This will help keep good traction on wet roads. An easy way to check tread depth is to use a quarter inserted upside down into the tire groove: If you can see above Washington's head, start shopping for new tires.