Are Your Tires Safe?

Most  people don't realize that their tires make contact with the road with an area that is roughly the size of an adult male's hand. That's 4 handprints worth of traction to brake, turn and give your 3000lb vehicle and its occupants safely under control. Tire manufacturers spend an enormous amount of time and resources maximizing the balance between adhesion, durability and performance, so your vehicle performs the way it was engineered to. 

Here's what you can do:  

Have your tires rotated according to your owner's manual and the advice of your Service Advisor. You can never over rotate your tires. Rotating them ensures they wear evenly as a set and maximize the life of your tires.
Inspect your tires for unusual wear or damage at least once per month or before a long trip. Tires with even the slightest of damage may give way under evasive manoeuvres.
Maintain proper air pressure. Tires that are underinflated by as little as 6PSI can cause a reduction of 3-4% in fuel economy and significantly reduce the life of your tire.
Have your wheel alignment inspected regularly and adjusted when necessary. Front end components should be inspected regularly to ensure your vehicle is handling to factory specifications.
Make sure your tires are properly balanced. Eliminate ride disturbance and increase the life of your tires.
Replace your tires after 6 years regardless of remaining tread. The rubber compounds in your tires breakdown over time, reducing your tires' performance and increasing its susceptibility to failure.
More than half of all drivers do not perform the above preventative steps on a regular basis. That means their tires cannot perform as expected. Even with the latest technology, worn tires, unbalanced/misaligned wheels and over/underinflated tires all have significant impact on the performance and safety of your vehicle. Ask our Mopar Service Experts about how they can help keep your tires in top condition and your vehicle safe. They'll be happy to give you a hand.   
Categories: Service, Maintenance