Tires are one of the most crucial components to your vehicle. If they aren't taken care of properly you can be in big trouble. The tires of today are a scientific marvel as they can take a lot of where and tear from gravel, pavement, mud, rain, snow and all kinds of road hazards.
Although your tires can take quite a beating sometimes a flat tire is inevitable. If you get a flat tire while driving, especially if it results in an accident, it's good to know Insurance Agent 2000 can provide roadside assistance to help put you and your vehicle back together!
While there's no way to protect yourself 100% from getting a flat, proper tire maintenance can help reduce that risk.
Here are some great tips to help prevent your tires from damage:
- Check your tire tread - Did you know that your tires should be replaced for safety reasons when your tread is down 1/16th of an inch? An easy way to determine if your tire's tread has worn this low is to place a penny into the groove of the tread and if part of Lincoln's head is covered by the tread, you are good. If you can see all of Abe's head- including the beard you are going to need to replace your tires.
- Check for uneven wear- You should always check your tires for signs of uneven wear. If you see high and low grooves or unusually smooth areas in your tires you should get them inspected by a tire dealer. They can help find where the problem is coming from and get you and your car back on the road safely. Another major thing that causes uneven wear of your tires is carrying loads that too heavy. This can cause not only uneven wear, but excessive wear and reduce the life of your tires.
- Tire Alignment- Tires that are misaligned don't just affect the tread on your tires they also affect the steering and gas mileage of your vehicle. You should have your tire alignment checked once a year and or/ after your vehicle has been involved in an accident, been driven on a road with a lot of large pot holes, or if you have hit the curb a few times accidentally.
- Check your tire pressure regularly- Last but not least you should keep your tires properly inflated. According to the National Traffic Safety Administration, the leading cause of tire failure is under-inflation. Under-inflated tires can also affect the handling and gas consumption of your car. The best way to check your tire pressure is to look at your vehicle's manual or on the inside of the drivers side door and use a tire pressure gauge to ensure your tire inflation is where it needs to be.
We want to help you stay safe on the road. Call Insurance Agent2000 at (925) 429-8811 for more information on getting the most out of your auto insurance with roadside assistance