Your tires are the only contact between your vehicle and the road. You need to check your tires frequently, including tire pressure, tread depth, balance, rotation, and alignment. These components are all critical for your tires to provide the longest possible tire life. Therefore, proper tire maintenance saves you money. Tires typically lose one pound of pressure per month from normal seepage. However, they can also lose or gain one pound of pressure for every 10 degrees of temperature increase or decrease. Correct tire pressure ensures correct vehicle handling abilities for both comfort and safety. Properly inflated tires last longer and help to maximize fuel economy.
As you drive, the tread on your tires gradually wears down. If you have low tread, it is best to replace your tires immediately. The depth of your tire tread is very important. With proper tread depth and with standing water on the road, it takes an average of 195 feet to stop from traveling at speeds of 60 mph. On the other hand, low tire tread in the same conditions can take a car 290 to 375 feet to stop. That is almost the length of ten school buses, to come to a complete stop. Very low tread depth also increases your chances of hydroplaning on wet road conditions, causing you to lose control of your vehicle.
A vehicle with poorly aligned wheels may wander or pull the vehicle from one side of the road to the other. This causes your tires to wear unevenly and can necessitate early replacement. Erroneous alignment can present a safety risk and also cost you money. This is why it is important to have properly aligned wheels.