If you like alliteration, Thanksgiving offers a lot of "T's" -- thanks, turkey, Tums. What about "tires?" Tires are not likely top of mind for most folks preparing for Thanksgiving, but they deserve some attention.
Before you head out to grandma's house this Thanksgiving, please check your tires for inflation pressure, tread depth and visible damage.
Proper Tire Inflation Pressure is Really Important!
Maintaining recommended psi (pounds per square inch) in your tires will save you money and possibly prevent down time on the side of the road or even worse\\\\.
We regularly get questions on our website, asking if the designated maximum pressure listed on the tire sidewall is the correct air pressure.
The answer is “no.” The number on the sidewall tells you the maximum cold pressure needed for your tire to carry its maximum load. It is not the optimum PSI (pounds per square inch). "Cold" pressure means you’re checking your air pressure at the ideal time—when they’re cold. First thing in the morning or after sitting for a few hours in the shade is best.
Any given tire size might be fitted by various vehicle manufacturers on different cars with different loads and driving characteristics. Therefore, the correct tire inflation pressure is specified by the vehicle manufacturer. This information can be found in several places in the vehicle --the owner's manual, and/or on the label inside the driver's door-side jamb, inside the glove box, or on the inside of the fuel door.
Lower inflation pressure, which is more common than over inflation, allows the tire to deflect (bend) more as it rolls. This will build up internal heat, increase rolling resistance and cause a reduction in fuel economy of up to 5 percent. The driver may also experience a significant loss of steering precision and cornering stability.
Check Your Tread Depth
When the grooves in the tread aren't deep enough to channel water out from beneath the tread, your vehicle can hydroplane. Good tread depth is also important for traction in wintry conditions.
Tires are considered “bald” and illegal when one or more of their grooves reaches 2/32 of an inch deep, compared with about 10/32 of an inch for new tires (tread wear is usually measured in 1/32-inch increments).
Look for the horizontal bars in your tread pattern. These tire wear indicators provide a visual indication of whether the tread is worn to 2/32″. If the bar is flush with the rest of the tire's tread, you need to replace it as soon as possible.
For sure-footed traction on wet roads, however, we recommend that you shop for new tires when your tread depth gets down to the 4/32”.
Check for tire damage
Check the general condition of your tires, looking especially for tire damage. If anything looks unusual – cracks, knots, bulges, slices, or punctures – have your tires inspected immediately at your local tire dealer.
From all of us at Duraturn, we wish you a safe and happy Thanksgiving holiday!