We don’t think of our tires too often, but they are important to the driving process. They affect your car’s handling, braking and safety. Keeping your tires in good condition and replacing when necessary can save you money and keep you safe. Here are the top 4 tire myths so you will be good to go.
Myth #1: All Cars Come With A Spare Tire
Spare tires used to come with all vehicles but this is not always the case today. Around 1 in 3 new cars won’t come with a spare tire. Instead, they come with a “temporary mobility kit” with tire sealant and a tire inflator. Sometimes, a car won’t even have a tire repair kit. This is typical in vehicles that have what’s called run-flat tires. With run-flat tires, you can continue driving at reduced speeds after your car tire has been punctured. Before you drive, make sure you know what type of flat tire contingency plan your vehicle is equipped with.
Myth #2: Correct Tire Pressure Is Listed On Tire Sidewall
Here’s another common myth; the recommended tire pressure is on the tire’s sidewall. This is not always correct. The numbers on the sidewall tell you the size and type of the tire, not the recommended pressure. The correct recommended tire pressure is typically located on the driver side door or in the car manual.
Myth #3: If The Tire Has Tread, It’s Safe
Tire rubber breaks down and deteriorates over time. Extreme heat and cold also breakdown tire rubber. This makes it difficult to gauge the mileage you will get out of a tire. If you live in a hot and dry area, you’re going to have to change your tires more often than the recommended average. Basically, if your tires appear to be cracked or old, then you should have a professional take a look at them.
Myth #4: Off-Brand Tires Are Just As Good
When replacing your tires, it may be beneficial to buy brand name. Brand name tires get proper research, development, and testing before they are offered to customers. Although generic tires have an industry standard to meet, many lack the detailed development process of brand name tires. Not all tires are created equal, so do your research and find a name brand tire that fits your diving needs.
Now, with a little tire knowledge under your belt, make sure your tires are keeping you and others safe on the road.