briana sophie. tires. December 25th , 2017.
It is said that tire pressure should be checked in the morning so that it may be adjusted accordingly as the day gets hotter or colder. The rule of thumb is that for every ten degrees Fahrenheit the temperature changes, the tire pressure will change by one psi. What this means is that if it is sixty degrees out in the morning and your tire pressure is at thirty-three psi, when the temperature rises to eighty degrees, your tire pressure will be at thirty-five psi. You should be aware of the temperature in your area and know whether to increase or to decrease your tire pressure when necessary. You definitely do not want your pressure to be too high or too low, both being unsafe conditions for driving. Many convenience stores do offer "free air" where you can check your tire pressure and adjust it as needed. It’s very quick and easy and worth it in the end.
If a tire gets too hot and there is too much pressure, the tread can actually separate from the belts on the tire. This is more likely to happen with the addition of high speeds. Driving on a highway and losing your tire’s tread can easily cause an accident. Do your part to keep yourself and others safe. Another potential risk is that of hydroplaning. This happens mostly when your tires do not have enough tread. What happens in hydroplaning is that too much water builds between the tires on your car and the road. Water pressure in front of the wheel forces a wedge of water causing it to actually lift from the road. This leads to the loss of traction and you are then at the mercy of the water. You basically skid on the water and have a loss of control in your steering, braking, and acceleration.
Another common problem is bald tires. This means that there is not enough tread on your tires for good traction. People try to get away with this as much as possible until the tire is almost gone. This is not a good idea. It is unsafe to drive with bald tires during any season. There are a couple of tricks to knowing when your tires are bald. Every tire has what are called wear bars. These are narrow bands in the grooves across the tire’s tread. When the wear bars are even with the tread, the tire is bald and you need a new one. Another handy trick that you can definitely do on your own is called the penny trick. You place a penny in the shallowest groove of the tread with Lincoln’s head upside down. If you can still see the top of Lincoln’s head, then the tire is bald. Do not ignore bald tires. You are now aware of how to determine if the tires are bald or not, so use that information to make better decisions.
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