5 Tire Tips Every Colorado Driver Should Know

January 15th, 2016 by

Tire

If you live in Colorado, you know that weather, road conditions, and more can affect your car tires. If you don’t take good care of your tires, you can easily go through hundreds of dollars a year in tire purchases and repairs. Use these five tips to keep your money in your wallet and your tires going strong for longer.

Check The Tire Pressure

Even if your car has an automatic tire pressure monitor, make sure you’re checking your tire pressure manually on a regular basis. This will help you keep your tires in good condition. With the temperature changes that you see in Colorado, your tire pressure will change frequently. If you check your tire pressure regularly, you can stave off problems such as tire blowouts. Plus, you will be able to identify more quickly if you have a slow leak and patch it up before it blows.

Another benefit to checking your tire pressure is that you’ll be able to save at the pump. Under-inflated tires can decrease your gas mileage by up to 0.3 percent for every PSI (pound per square inch) they are under-inflated. If the temperature is fluctuating, you should check the pressure every 10 degrees of change.

Check The Tread

One of the most basic things you need to know about tire maintenance is how to check your tread. Without proper tread, you’re more likely to get in an accident, especially if there is snow, ice, or rain on the roads. In addition to keeping you safer on the road, proper tread allows your car to work at its top performance. Low tread can lead to poor traction and even tire blowouts, so make sure to buy new tires if your tread is between one-eighth to one-sixteenth of an inch.

Rotate The Tires

Unfortunately, too many car owners forget to rotate their tires regularly. This leads to uneven wear and can easily cause you to put more money into new tires too quickly. Manufacturers recommend getting your tires rotated every 5,000 miles or every six months, whichever comes first. Having your tires rotated helps keep the tread wearing evenly, which in turn keeps you safer on the road. While you can rotate your tires yourself, having them rotated at our dealership will ensure proper movement.

Get The Right Tires

As you’re driving around Colorado, you need to make sure that you have the right tires on your car. With the wrong tires, your car’s performance will decrease and your driving risks will increase. The first step is to make sure you have the right size tires. Make sure that each tire is the same size and tread type to keep the life of your tires going as long as possible.

However, most people don’t pay attention to their tires’ weather rating. If you ignore this detail, you are going to go through your tires more quickly. In Colorado, you not only get cold weather and snow, but you also have to contend with hills and mountains on your daily drive. Because of this, all-season tires might not be the best option. Consider snow or winter tires for the colder months. All-season tires may work during the summer and spring, however. If you go off-roading, make sure you have off-road tires for the best performance.

Get Problems Patched

If you notice that your tires have a slow leak or other problem, make sure to take care of it as quickly as possible. This is crucial to keep your tires in good working order for as long as possible. Keep in mind that if you have a slow leak or a small hole in a tire, you don’t necessarily need a completely new set of tires. You can get many issues patched and continue driving on the tires without problems. However, remember that a small problem can quickly turn into a dangerous deal.

There are many different types of patch kits out there, and if you are confident in your abilities, you can patch your own tires. However, if this isn’t something you’ve done before, you might want to bring the tire to our service department to get it taken care of. Often, if you take the tire to the shop you purchased it from, you can get it patched for free or a very small fee.

Make sure that you take care of your tires to keep your gas mileage up, stay safe, and ultimately save more money on your vehicle maintenance. Visit Woodmen Nissan’s Service Department today and we’ll make sure your tires will make it through the winter.