When it comes to checking your tires, proper pressure levels aren’t the only thing you should be looking for. Your vehicle’s tires face various terrains, weather conditions, obstacles, and more when you get behind the wheel. Checking in on the health of your tires is just as important as making sure your gas tank is full and your oil is changed. This guide from Auto Center of Texas is here to teach you how often you need to check your tires and what you should be looking for.

Tire Checks: What to Look for and How Often to Check

It is recommended that you check your vehicle’s tire pressure each month, especially if the weather is changing. Changes in temperature can have a major effect on your tire pressure, so it is important to be checking more often if there’s drastic shift in temperature. You might be thinking that every month seems like a lot, but the tires on your vehicle lose air constantly, even if they haven’t been driven on much.

Maintaining proper tire pressure and checking it regularly is important, but there are a few other key things you should be on the lookout for next time you break out the tire gauge. When checking your tires, it is important to take a look at their tread. If the tread is beginning to wear down, then your tires will lose traction and won’t grip the road as well when driving through bad weather.

To check the tread depth on your tires, insert a quarter into the tread at the center of your tire – be sure to position the quarter with George Washington’s head pointing toward the tire. If the tread is even with the top of George’s head then the tires are still safe, but you should consider getting new ones soon. You can repeat this test with a penny and if the tread is even with Lincoln’s head then the tires should be replaced as soon as possible. Additionally, you should be on the lookout for any cracks or dry spots on your tires, as this can lead to a flat tire or blowout.

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