Having good tires is essential for staying safe on the road, but we often don’t give them much thought. Luckily, the expert technicians at Colonial Toyota give them a lot of thought. Our service department has a dedicated team to assist drivers in Indiana, PA, and the surrounding area with all of their tire needs.
Why Are Good Tires So Important?
The most important reason you need good tires is your safety. As the tires on your vehicle start to wear down, they don’t have the ability to support the weight of the car as they should. Tires also need good tread to grip the road so that the car will turn safely and stop when needed. Balding tires will not do any of these jobs, which puts you and your passengers in danger.
Worn tires affect the efficiency of your car. If you’ve noticed that you seem to run through a tank of gas more frequently than usual or you feel like you are being pulled from one side of the road to the other, it could be because the tires are not moving your vehicle as efficiently as they should.
New tires with the proper tread and even wear will improve stopping distance. Balding tires take significantly more time to bring a car to a complete stop. Getting new tires can decrease stopping distance by up to 90 feet, which can mean the difference between getting into an accident or avoiding one.
Performance also becomes an issue with worn tires or tires that are not properly inflated. Bare, damaged, or unbalanced tires will keep your vehicle from performing at its full potential.
Why Rotate Tires?
Regularly scheduling tire rotation is essential to keeping your tires and vehicle safe and efficient. Every time the driver turns the wheel, it brings pressure down on the front tires. The resistance where the tires meet the road causes friction, which then creates heat. This makes the front tires wear faster than the rear tires. In order to even out the wear and tear, it’s necessary to rotate the front tires to the back. Rotating the tires will make the tires last longer because it spreads the excess wear across all four tires.
Rotating the tires helps to even out the tread wear, which keeps the tread depth uniform. Uniform tread wear helps keep traction consistent among all four tires, which improves handling and cornering. It also helps with braking performance.
If you have an all-wheel-drive vehicle, rotating the tires lowers stress on the drivetrain. This helps reduce the wear on your drivetrain preventing costly repairs.
The frequency of tire rotation depends on your vehicle and driving habits. Your vehicle’s manual will have the recommended frequency or mileage, which is usually between 5,000 to 8,000 miles.
The tire rotation pattern that is best for your vehicle depends on the type of tire, the vehicle’s drivetrain, and the size of the tires. The technicians at Colonial Toyota have the knowledge and expertise to perform the rotation correctly to ensure you have a safe and comfortable ride.
The Importance of Tire Pressure
The correct tire pressure is essential to performance and stability. Having the tires inflated to the recommended PSI will give you better traction, help even out the tread wear, and decrease the possibility of a blowout. You can quickly give your tires a pressure check at home or bring your vehicle to Colonial Toyota. Our technicians will check them for you and add air if needed.
Maintaining the correct tire pressure is also essential for preventing accelerated wear. Underinflated tires generate excessive heat and will weaken the tire.
Signs You Need New Tires
It’s important to pay attention to the tires so you can get them rotated or changed before they become unsafe. Some of the signs to look for include:
Cracks and Bulges
When tires deflate, it starts to bulge on the side. If you see this, bring the vehicle to Colonial Toyota immediately. Bulging could lead to a blowout. Another sign is cracking in the sidewall. As tires get old, the rubber becomes brittle and dry. Cracks in the sidewalls may also lead to a blowout.
It Fails the Penny Test
It’s easy to do a quick check at home to see if the tread is low. Just put a penny with the head side down in the tread. If you can see the top of Lincoln’s head, you need to order new tires.
The Car Shakes
If you feel the car shaking when you drive, it is most likely a problem with the tires. At highway speeds, it is probably because they are out of alignment or unbalanced; at slower speeds, it could be the metal belts inside the tires.
It’s important to check your tires about once a month to make sure they are in good shape, but the best way to determine their condition is to have them inspected by one of the qualified technicians at Colonial Toyota.
How Often Should I Get My Tires Changed?
A general rule is that tires will last about five or six years, or between 25,000 and 50,000 miles. Your car’s owner’s manual will provide specific information for your vehicle, or you can bring it to Colonial Toyota for a tire inspection. The number of years and miles may also change depending on your driving habits. Changing some habits such as hard braking can increase the length of time they will last.
Here are some tire services that Colonial Toyota offers:
- Tire rotations.
- Wheel alignment.
- Tire inflating.
- New tire sales.
When you buy tires from Colonial Toyota, you can feel confident that they are the right tires for your vehicle. Our factory-trained technicians will install them properly, and you’ll even get two years of road hazard coverage.
Schedule your tire maintenance at Colonial Toyota today. You can use the online scheduling system to find a time that works for you or give our service center a call and talk with one of our customer service representatives. We can inspect your tires and set you up with a completely new set if needed.