At Sansone’s Automotive, we put the safety of our customers before everything else. Our primary goal with every service and repair we perform is to keep you safe on the road. Tires are your vehicle’s connection to the road. They take a beating on a daily basis and it is important to keep them working properly. Bad tires put your safety and your vehicle’s integrity at risk.
What Makes Old Tires Dangerous?
Tires are an important part of your car or truck. They keep you moving and in control. Old, improperly inflated, or out-of-balance tires can put you at risk for an accident. If you have ever been in an accident you will know how scary it is to have zero control of a two ton vehicle. When tires are not used as intended it can have catastrophic consequences.
How To Know If Your Tire Needs Air.
It is usually pretty easy to tell when your tire needs air. If your tire appears wider than normal where it touches the ground, you need to add air. Driving on underinflated tires isn’t just dangerous. It causes tires to wear faster and unevenly. Underinflated tires also cause your vehicle to have to work harder, burning more fuel in the process. If you drive on an underinflated tire too long can result in your tire shredding and damage to your wheel.
On the other hand. Driving on overinflated tires is also unsafe. When the air pressure is too high, it reduces the size of the area that actually meets the road. This gives the tire less grip and makes it more difficult for the driver to control the vehicle. If you are unsure what the ideal pressure for your tire is, you are in luck. Tire manufacturers put the optimum tire pressure on the side of the tire.
Treads are what give your tire traction and a grip of the road. A lack of treads gives you less control of your car or truck. Treads are also keep you safe when you are driving in rainy or muddy conditions. If your tread depth is not up to par, your vehicle essentially drive on top of the water which can lead to hydroplaning.
You’ve probably heard of using a penny to check the tread depth on your tires. That may be okay for a quick spot check, but at Sansone’s Automotive, we recommend letting our skilled mechanics take a look. Getting your tires checked is part of regular maintenance. We’ll check your tires out and let you know when it is time to replace them.
If you suspect that your tires are damaged, there are a few ways to check them yourself. Looking the tires over will reveal if you have rocks or nails embedded in the grooves. If you see any gashes or bubbles or hear a hissing sound, like air leaving a balloon, you will be safest letting a professional take a look. Tires contain a lot of pressure and it could be dangerous.
If the handling of your vehicle suddenly changes while you are driving or if your car begins to make a strange noise, it could be a damaged tire. Pull over to a safe area and check it out or change your tire. Driving on a flat is never a good idea and can cause severe damage to your car.
What Can Be Fixed and What Can’t
Tires are expensive. At Sansone’s Automotive, we want to help you protect that investment whenever we can. Depending on the position. Small punctures or holes can be plugged and patched. We always recommend doing both. It the puncture is on the side wall or outside of the tread, it is no longer safe and will need to be replaced. TIre manufacturers have guidelines for their products about what can and cannot be repaired.
At Sansone’s Automotive, your safety is our top priority. We want you to understand your tires and when they need to be replaced. If you have any questions about your tires or would like to have them inspected, come see one of our skilled mechanics. We’ll have you safely on the road in no time.
We offer most major tire brands. Here are a few that we recommend.