Check Your Tires Before Heading Out in Fall Rains
How are your tires handling the rain-soaked roads?
According to Dan Zielinski of the Rubber Manufacturer’s Association, autumn is an ideal time to get your vehicle’s tires inspected. Wear and tear of driving on hot summer roads can take a toll on your car’s tires.
“Warning signs include cracks, bulges, cuts and abrasions,” said Zielinski. “Those things can happen on any tire if it’s exposed to the elements.”
The problem is not the age of the tires but their condition. Tires that are several years old can perform admirably if properly maintained, Zielinski said.
That means regular tire rotation and monthly checks on proper tire inflation. Most vehicle require tire rotation about every 5,000 miles.
Cold autumn air can contribute to under-inflation, too. Zielinski recommends a monthly visual inspection of tires to bald spots, low inflation, cuts and sidewall damage.
How can drivers get the most out of their tires, even old tires? Zielinski ticked off several key elements:
- Check tire inflation monthly. Added weight stresses tires, and proper inflation helps keep tires from riding on the sidewall. Check for cracks, bulges and uneven tire wear. Such signs of fatigue may contribute to tire failure.
- Rotate tires regularly. This helps prevent uneven wear and may uncover problems with tire balancing or alignment.
- Check anytime your vehicle hits a pothole, curb or gutter. Tires may be damaged permanently and need to be replaced. Telltale signs include bulging and cuts on the sidewall.