Give Your Tires The Love They Deserve
When it comes to car maintenance, you probably know the basics: get your oil changed when you’re supposed to, keep your car clean, don’t drive like a crazy person. But you probably forget one of the most important things you can do to keep your vehicle running great – checking your tire pressure and tread.
You should ideally be checking your tires at least once a month, but the best habit is to just check them every week. Make it a Saturday morning ritual!
The way you check your tire pressure is to use a tire pressure gauge, which can be bought very inexpensively at any auto store. Unscrew the cap of your tire’s valve stem, fit the pressure gauge on, and make sure you’ve got the right psi. Do this for every tire, and you’re all set! What is the right psi, you ask? You can find it in your owner’s manual, on the sticker located inside of the driver’s side door jamb, or even on the tire itself.
To check the tread of your tires, all you need is a penny and at least one working eyeball. Put the penny into your tire’s tread with Lincoln’s head facing directly downward. If you can see the top of his head, then you really need to replace your tires. The closer you are to being able to see the top of his head, the closer you are to needing new tires. The thing is, your tires should last you about five years if you maintain them well.