October 28th, 2021 by

Rain doesn’t happen often on the Central Coast, but slippery roads are a good reminder to check our tires for safety.  Vehicles with under-inflated tires are three times more likely to be in an accident, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Low pressure tires are more likely to hydroplane in wet conditions. However, properly inflated tires can improve safety and save money by improving fuel economy and the life of your tire.


Check Tire Pressure

Standard practice is to check tire pressure monthly. First, find the recommended air pressure for your vehicle by consulting the owner’s manual.  The manufacturer has determined the correct”psi” (pounds per square inch) for each vehicle and tire combination.

Inspect all four tires and spare by unscrewing the cap from the tire’s valve stem and place the gauge over the stem. Make sure there is a good seal, otherwise the reading may be incorrect.  Then add or remove air as needed to equalize the tire pressures.

Check Tire Wear

Also look for signs of tire wear when checking air pressure. Inspect for cracks in the sidewall, or nails or screws embedded in the tire.

You can check the tread depth by using a penny.  Place it with President Lincoln’s hair downward between the grooves of the tread at the top of the tire. You have the legal amount of tread remaining on your tires if part of his head is obscured by the tread. Repeat in several places on each tire to spot uneven tread wear. Tires must be rotated every 5,000 to 7,000 miles otherwise portions will lose their tread and have to be replaced much sooner.

Check Wheel Alignment

Request a wheel alignment when getting new tires. Misaligned wheels will cause pulling of the vehicle to a side while driving on a straight road, the steering wheel being off center or the tires having uneven wear.

Tire maintenance is key for vehicle safety. Schedule today with the Service Team at Hyundai San Luis Obispo for a free tire inspection, new tires or any service needs.

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