Tire maintenance to save fuel

Today’s tires are more fuel efficient, safer and reduce carbon footprint compared to tires made several decades ago.

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The tire manufacturing industry has and is going through a revolution. The first all-steel reinforced radial tire was introduced in 1946 by Michelin. Since they invented the rubber tire, it has been improved with a radial tire, use of silica filler in tire construction in 1992 which significantly lowered roll resistance (LRR) and most recently the improvement of rubber chemistry.

In order to improve overall performance of your vehicle, learn few things about tires. Punctures and tread cuts could lead to loss of air and even destruction of your tires. If you see these, repair your tire or replace. If you experience a break lockup, your tires may get localized tread damage. If you don’t treat the tire, it could extend into the steel belts. Avoid severe braking to reduce break lockups. The misalignment of tires could lead to shoulder wear of your tires. If you see this get a mechanical inspection and repairs as needed. If you see shoulder wear on both edges of the tire, it indicates under-inflated tire. In order to avoid this, maintain the tire pressure according to the manufacturer’s recommendations.

Tire maintenance for better vehicle performance

When the weather changes from winter to summer, it is time for you to think about vehicle maintenance more specifically tires. Tire pressure changes according to the weather. Warmer weather causes tires to lose air pressure by one to two pounds for every 10 degree increase in temperature. Since you tend to travel more under better weather conditions vehicle maintenance require your attention. You and your family’s safety depend on well-maintained vehicle.

An under-inflated tire could cause a tire blowout. You can easily recognize the condition due to bulging of the tire and noise it generates when you take a sharp turn at lower speeds. Noise also an indication of alignment problem and you need to get it checked by a certified auto maintenance specialist. An over-inflated tire poorly hugs the road and under wet conditions could cause hydroplaning. A worn out tire is similarly spell danger. Perform the penny test to see whether the tire is worn out or not. If you can’t see the Lincoln’s head when you insert a penny into the grove, the tire is still good. Tire inspection for cuts, nail and other inserts can be done visually. Make it a habit to inspect your tires each time you pump gas into the vehicle.

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