Going on a road trip? Regardless of the distance, avoid getting stuck on the side of the road by learning how to check your tires’ quality.
We’re halfway through the summer, and are you itching for a getaway?
A good road trip is always ideal in the summer. Whether you’re going for a short trip to the boardwalk or a long trip to see something like the national park.
Hi, I’m Nancy at Kneble’s Auto Service Center.
If you’re planning to drive to that location, you will want to ensure your tires are ready for the trip.
Do not let your trip be interrupted or canceled because you’re dealing with tire issues and stuck on the side of the road.
It is important to know the condition of your tires, and this can be done by a visual inspection.
First, inspect the tires to ensure that you see no wires or cords popping through the tread.
- You don’t see any bubbles.
- Does it seem that it’s a little bit low in the air?
- How about the tread depth?
That brings us to the second test.
By measuring tread depth, you want to know how much life is in the tire.
This can be done by the penny test.
Or if you want to review, run down, put a penny upside down between the tread, and if you see the top of Lincoln’s head is covered, you’re good to go.
If not, schedule an appointment here or with your local car care specialist as it’s time to purchase tires before your trip.
Sorry to be the bearer of bad news to spend money before your trip.
The rubber usually has an expiration date of about seven years.
So if you’re not sure how old your tires are, refer to the manufacturer date, which can be found next to the tire size.
Remember this date is documented in weeks and years, such as if you see the number 2117, which means the 21st week of 2017.
Once you’ve passed all three tests, you can feel comfortable your tires are in good condition.
If you are in need of tires or any car care repair, give us a call here at 609-625-3286.
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