MA MECHANIC GIVES 4 TIPS FOR OPTIMAL TIRE PERFORMANCE
As the weather starts to warm up, springtime brings a renewed sense of energy and excitement. It’s also the perfect time to give your vehicle the care it needs after braving the harsh winter conditions. One essential aspect of car maintenance that often gets overlooked is tire care. Your tires are the only point of contact between your vehicle and the road, making them a critical component for safe and smooth driving. This month at Ray’s Auto Service, your local MA mechanic is here to discuss some tips for optimal tire performance!
CHECK YOUR TIRE PRESSURE
Fluctuating temperatures during the winter months can cause your tire pressure to drop. And as the weather warms up in spring, it’s crucial to check and adjust your tire pressure accordingly. Underinflated tires can lead to reduced fuel efficiency, poor handling, and increased tire wear. Overinflated tires can result in a harsh ride and reduced traction. We suggest referring to your vehicle owner’s manual for the recommended tire pressure and using a reliable tire pressure gauge to check and adjust the pressure as needed.
ROTATE YOUR TIRES
Regular tire rotation is essential for even wear and extending the lifespan of your tires. During winter, tires can experience uneven wear due to harsh road conditions and changing driving habits. By rotating your tires in the spring season, you can help distribute the wear more evenly. This will also promote better traction, handling, and overall performance of your tires.
INSPECT YOUR TIRES
Winter driving can also take a toll on your tires, causing damage or wear that may not be immediately visible. We recommend inspecting your tires for any signs of damage, like cuts, punctures, or sidewall bulges. These factors can compromise the integrity of the tire and pose a safety risk. You can also check the tread depth of your tires using the “penny test” – if the tread does not cover the top of Lincoln’s head when inserted upside down into the tread grooves, it may be time to replace your tires.
CONSIDER SWITCHING TO SUMMER TIRES
If you use winter tires during the colder months, spring is the perfect time to switch back to summer or all-season tires. Winter tires are designed for cold temperatures and snowy/icy conditions and may wear out faster in warmer weather. Summer or all-season tires are optimized for warmer temperatures and provide better performance on dry and wet roads.
VISIT OUR MA MECHANIC AT RAY’S AUTO SERVICE
If you require maintenance, repair, brake, or tire and wheel services, we encourage you to check out our website for more information. We’re open Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm. Until then, we look forward to getting you back safely on the road!