How Are Your Tires Holding Up?

Your tires are as important to your car as your feet are to your body, which is why you need to take care of them. It's important to know what tire maintenance to perform, and when it might become necessary to buy new tires.

It is important to ensure each tire on your car is properly inflated, so have the air pressure checked at least once a month. A properly inflated tire will improve your gas mileage, reduce wear and also is safer because it reduces the risk of blowouts. If you have a tire that constantly needs to have air put in it, get it checked at a tire service shop.

It also is important to have a tire rotation done at regular intervals. Each tire wears differently depending on where it is on the vehicle, so moving them around helps to even out the wear and make them last longer. A tire rotation usually is necessary about every 5,000-7,500 miles.

With spring on the way, you want your tires to be in the best shape possible to deal with wet roads and potholes, which is why it is important to have any tire repair or service done before heading out on the roads.

Spring also is a good time to consider getting new tires on your car if you need them. That will give you plenty of time to break them in before they experience extreme heat in the summer and then the harsh driving conditions of winter. If your tires are showing excessive wear or have reached the end of their recommended mileage, it is a good idea to have them replaced.