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Before you load up the van with the kids, luggage, snacks, cooler and everything but the kitchen sink you need to make sure your vehicle is road trip worthy. Besides the standard oil & coolant check and making sure you have a full tank of gas, you need to take a closer look at your wheels. Tires don’t only affect road handling, but also the ride, braking, and safety. For the best performance tires must have the correct air pressure, balance, tread depth, and alignment.
Air Pressure – not having the correct air pressure can lead to flat tires, tire wear, and even blowouts.Too much air can cause the tires middle section to contact the road, which creates wear in the center tread and less wear on the edge. Under inflation will do the opposite. Be sure to purchase a trusted tire pressure gauge to avoid these problems.
Balance & Rotation – Making sure your tires are properly balanced helps minimize wear and extends the life of your tire. Making sure that your tires are balanced when purchasing new new tires is important, as well as whenever you notice a vibration. Tires typically should be rotated every 6 months or 6-8,000 miles.
Wheel Alignment – Wheel alignment is the position of the wheels compared to specifications that the manufacturers recommend. Each vehicle has specific alignment settings. If the alignment measurement falls outside of a specific range, vehicle handling & fuel economy will be affected, as well as additional wear and tear on the tires. You will know that your cars tires are aligned properly when the vehicle will drive down the road in a straight line without drifting or pulling to either side. Drifting or pulling can cause more problems than just alignment . It’s a good idea to have a professional take a look to avoid any further damages.
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Those are great tips. We have a road trip coming up this weekend actually!
My husband triple checks our tires before every road trip. A blow out can be a hassle at the least. At worst, it can cause really horrendous accidents.
Great post,Hubby checks the tires before every journey no matter how short.
Great tips! We don’t have a vehicle or drive but we go places with my sister in law often so this will be great to know and pass along to her!
I recently bought new tires at Sam’s. Loved their prices! I’m set for a summer road trip.
This is so important. Always check the tire pressure and the treads. Small tears can be hard to notice.
This is so important. My husband always take our car in for a checkup before we go on a road trip. We will have to go to Sam’s to have this done next time.
It’s so important to get your car looked over before a road trip. You don’t want to deal with it while on vacation.
My husband is a mechanic and always gives our vehicle a thorough checkup before any road trip. Reliable tires are so important for overall safety.
My tire alignment is probably so bad from all the potholes in the road! it’s something I need looked at.
I need two new tires right now. And new brakes. My car is not in good shape.
It’s so important to get your car checked out before a long trip! The last thing you want is to break down in the middle of nowhere!
What great reminders. We have precious cargo aboard as parents so we need to make sure they are safe.
I purchased new tires recently, but I need to make note of when to get them rotated. That kind of thing slips my mind, but it’s too important to skip.
We definitely check these before long road trips! Family safety is so important! Thanks for the reminders
Some great tips! We are spur of the moment travelers so always good to have the tires in excellent shape… would hate to have issues out on a road trip.
I always get my car checked before i go on a long road trip. I would rather take some time before the trip then get a bad surprise while on the road.
Great tips! We are still undecided if we want to take a road tip this summer, but if we do, we’ll be sure tires are definitely well maintained before heading out!
I laugh because we say my car is idiot proof. It tells me when their is anything wrong and I have OnStar which alerts me all the time for stuff.
You know, I totally forgot that Sam’s does tires. I think I’ll go there next time I need to get a tire check.
Definitely an important thing to check before a road trip. No one wants to break down on vacation.
I love this program. You have great tips and if you can get a great deal on tires with all that included you’d be crazy not to take advantage of it
My hubby is in charge of getting the car ready for our road trips. He is always focused on making sure we have the best tires.
Taking good care of your tires can help prevent blowouts and other tire problems.
These are all great tips and important for people to know. Thanks for sharing them!