Unfortunately, tires can wear thin and lead to car damage or even auto accidents. Your vehicle may have some minor damage or something more serious due to bad tires.
We all know we need air in our tires. We assume the reason tires need to be inflated is to simply get to where we’re going. Of course, that’s true, but there are some beneficial side effects to having properly inflated tires. First, having good tires helps optimize long term tire performance as well as fuel efficiency. Second, it allows drivers to experience “tire comfort.” Proper tire inflation pressure also stabilizes the tire’s structure, blending the tire’s responsiveness, traction and handling.
So let’s say your tires are lacking some oxygen. If a vehicle’s tires are under inflated by only 6 psi it could lead to tire failure. Additionally, the tire’s tread life could be reduced by as much as 25%. The lower inflation pressure will allow the tire to deflect (bend) more as it rolls, which will build up internal heat, causing a reduction in fuel efficiency of up to 5%. Your steering then becomes more difficult! That 6 psi represents about 20% of the tire’s recommended pressure.
You may say to yourself, “OK, I’ll put a little extra air in my tires, so I don’t have to worry about them for awhile.” Nice try, but an over inflated tire is just as sketchy on the road as an under inflated one. Safety wise, the size of its footprint is reduced so if your tires are over inflated by 6 psi, they could be damaged more easily when running over potholes or debris in the road.
What one has to remember is that tire load capacity is determined by tire size and inflation pressure. The pressure and the actual size of the tire. Larger tires and higher inflation pressures provide more load capacity, while smaller tires and lower tire pressures provide less. Correct air pressure provides an even distribution of load across the footprint and helps stabilize the tire’s structure.
Now don’t forget, according to most states’ laws, tires are legally worn out when they have worn down to 2/32″ of remaining tread depth. That’s pretty shallow.
Tires sold in North America are required to have indicators molded into their tread design called “wear bars.” Wear bars run across the tread pattern from outside to inside shoulder. They are designed to visually connect the elements of the tire’s tread pattern warning drivers when their tires no longer meet minimum tread depth requirements.
Something that’s been around some late model vehicles are low tire warning alerts inside your car. This is referred to as the Tire Pressure Monitoring System. (TPMS.) This ingenious electronic system monitors the air pressure on the inside of pneumatic tires. We won’t get into the entire history of a TPMS here, but suffice it to say… it’s another way for you to know if your tires need assistance!
These are all great suggestion to help in preventing premature wear or worse… an auto accident due to preventable tire failure. If however you do find yourself in an unfortunate situation, feel secure about the repair of your vehicle knowing that New Look Collision Centers is here to help and get your vehicle back on the road quickly. We have been in business since 2004 have been factory certified by 7 auto makers, and are recognized as the best collision center in Las Vegas. All of our people are I Car Platinum Individuals and ASE certified. After all, a “Gold Class” Certified and Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles “Class A Certified” shop is what you deserve, right?