Your car tires are just as important as the car engine – this may sound like a bad comparison, but it isn’t. That is in fact why most driving schools ensure learners know about tire maintenance before they can take their driving tests. There is a reason behind that. First off, car tires always succumb to wear and tear over time. Then there is the fact the unexpected happens sometimes as one drives. One is then forced to change the tire. It therefore becomes important for you to learn all you can about tires. How do you inflate them? When should you change them? Why should you change them? All these and more are just but some of the things you may learn at a good driving school in Malden. But before then, read on to stay ahead of your fellow learners.
Examining your tires
You may at some point, be tempted to drive with bald tires. It could be that you did not notice your tires needed to be changed on time or you just do not have the money to buy new tires. Either way, driving with bald tires is just as dangerous as driving in foggy conditions with your lights off. Your best bet is to simply examine your tire treads at least once a month. Then always remember that improper inflation, speed, poor alignment and hard cornering always result in wear and tear before time.
How to check for bald tires
The tread of a tire should never be less than 1/16 of an inch. This is the thumb rule that most car owners ignore. It snowy or wet conditions it be ideal to have a double of the aforementioned figure. You can always use a gauge to find out the depth of you tire tread. There is however, an easy way to approximate the depth of your tire treads, and it will literally cost you a penny.
The Lincoln Penny Test
You will need a penny stamped with Abraham Lincoln’s face to conduct this test. Insert the coin upside down into the tread. Make sure the top of Abraham Lincoln’s head goes first into the tread so as to get an accurate reading. If the top part of Abraham’s head is covered by the tread, then the tire is safe and still usable. It simply has enough tread left. Not so if the head is still from any angle. That simply means you have to replace the tire. Be sure to be also on the lookout for punctures, cracks, cuts, splits and bulges. All these are flaws that can be easily seen while inspecting the tire for wear and tear.
Tread wear indicator bars
New tires have tread-wear indicators designed to help your check on tread. If the tire is for instance worn out, then a flat rubber will appear on the tire. The rubber will be perpendicular to the tread’s direction. So if you see more than rubber bar on your tire, you know it’s time to replace the tire. You can also be keen on the sound your tires produce. A squealing, humming noise as the tire rotates is always a clear sign that you should change the tires.
Driving with bald tires
There are instances where you really have no choice but to drive with bald tires. Drive at an average speed but only for a while. Keep a clear distance between you and the next car as well as braking with bald tires can be hard. Lastly, invest in quality tires from tire brands that are reputable and known for giving car owners value for their money.