Knowing how incredibly expensive car repairs can be, a great way to save money and......keep your car in top shape is to adjust your driving to road conditions—especially when it comes to tires! A few easy-to-follow good habits can save you a lot of hassle!
Put the Brakes OnAbrupt driving and excessive braking inevitably lead to premature tire wear. To keep your tires in good condition, make a habit of slowing down at curves, driving smoothly and avoiding sudden braking.
Under the (Right) Tire PressureCorrect tire pressure is crucial. Insufficient pressure affects fuel economy and causes premature wear, so be sure to keep a watchful eye on your tires and take your car to the mechanic for a tune-up before a road trip.
The Right Tire for the Right SeasonThe cost and time required for a visit to the garage make you want to keep your winter tires in the summer? Beware: This is a trap you must avoid at all costs! Warm weather will damage the rubber of your winter tires. They will wear out faster and won’t be safe for winter anymore.
Watch out for PotholesPotholes are a scourge! Driving over one at good speed can seriously damage your tires by creating a bulge in the sidewall that might cause it to tear or even puncture. Slow down and pay close attention to the roads to make it easier to avoid these hazards.
Find BalanceIf you feel vibration on the road or have the impression that your wheels pull on one side or the other, chances are your tires are probably not aligned correctly. This imbalance is harmful for the tires. Your mechanic can fix this, which will improve both the handling and the lifespan of your tires. A double win!
Don't Forget RotationTire rotation means that you should move each tire in a new position with every seasonal change. It helps to even out tire wear, which will give your tires better grip and help them last longer.
Calculating Tire Wear— The Quarter TestHave you heard of the quarter test? It’s quite simple: Use the caribou on a twenty-five-cent coin as a tool to measure the wear on your tire. Simply insert the coin in one of the grooves with the caribou facing down. If you can see its nose, it means the tire has reached the end of its service life and should be changed.
It is important to take steps to reduce tire wear. Not only will it help prevent extra costs, but well-maintained tires are key to your car’s performance, helping it face Quebec's harsh climate!
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