July 19, 2023
3 Ways to Keep Your Tires in Great Shape
Taking proper care of your car’s components is important to ensure their optimal performance and longevity — and tires are no exception. As the sole parts of your vehicle that come into contact with the road, your tires are especially susceptible to wear and tear.
However, the good news is that keeping your tires in tip-top shape is a relatively easy task. By checking off a few items on your tire care checklist, you can extend their lifespan and ensure your safety on the road.
Helpful Tire Maintenance Tips You Should Know
Since tires are bound to wear out due to constant usage, many drivers tend to worry about their tires’ performance deteriorating over time. You can rest easy with your tires though if you prioritize their maintenance. Veteran Car Donations shares these tips to help you do just that.
- Rotate your tires regularly.
Tire rotation is crucial to ensure that tire treads wear evenly. The procedure involves removing each tire and placing it in a different position on your vehicle. While tires are generally rotated every 5,000 to 7,000 miles or whenever you change your oil, you’ll want to consult your owner’s manual for your tires’ rotation schedule.
Worn-out tires can be costly and dangerous. For this reason, you’ll want to address potential issues as early as possible. It’s best to have an experienced tire professional inspect each of your tires. They can best identify issues that lead to uneven wear. As such, they can help prevent your tires from wearing out too quickly.
- Check tire air pressure every month.
Checking your tire pressure requires a good tire pressure gauge. Use this device to check the air pressure in each of your four tires in the morning before driving your vehicle. Check your owner’s manual for your vehicle’s recommended tire pressure. You can also check the sticker mounted on your driver-side door for this information.
Besides decreasing your car’s fuel efficiency, an underinflated tire increases road friction, which can cause tire overheating. Overheating, in turn, can lead to premature wear, tread separation, and eventually, a blowout, which could put you in danger. On the other hand, an overinflated tire gives you a bouncy ride and affects the handling of the car. Overinflation will also cause uneven wear, thus decreasing the tire’s lifespan.
The good news is that newer car models come with Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems (TPMS). If your car has TPMS, you’ll want to find a regular service facility with the training and equipment to service it.
- Inspect tread depth.
The treads on your tires help your car grip the road. When the grooves wear down, they compromise your ability to control your vehicle. Testing your tire treads using the “Quarter Test” can help ensure a safe ride. Here’s how you can do this:
- Locate the area on your tire with the lowest tread depth.
- Grab a quarter and insert it headfirst into the tire tread.
- If you can see the top of George Washington’s head, your tire tread is at or below 4/32”. That’s a clear indication that you need to replace your tire ASAP.
How to Give Your Beloved Ride a Fitting Retirement
Performing regular maintenance checks is one of the best ways to care for your car, including its tires. However, even a well-maintained car will eventually deteriorate and begin to break down over time.
If your car has reached this stage, you may want to give it a fitting retirement. You can do that by donating your beloved ride to us at Veteran Car Donations. We’ll use your car to make life better for the struggling military veterans in your local community.
Our team will sell your car through an auction and use the proceeds to fund the life improvement programs of our reputable, veteran-focused charity partners. These IRS-approved 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations are dedicated to helping veterans who are homeless, those who are unable to find decent jobs, and those suffering from disabilities and serious illnesses, including mental health conditions.
Our charity partners use the funding we give them to provide their beneficiaries with housing assistance, financial aid, employment and livelihood opportunities, family support, free quality health care and medical treatment, psychotherapy services, educational scholarships, and many other benefits.
Expect to receive valuable rewards for your donation. We’ll mail you the 100% tax-deductible sales receipt of your vehicle after it gets sold. This receipt will entitle you to claim the maximum tax deduction in the next tax season.
We’ll also haul your car away for free at a date and place of your choice. There’s no place in the United States where we can’t reach you since our vehicle donation program covers all 50 states.
On top of the material rewards you’ll get, your vehicle donation will give you that exquisite feeling of satisfaction, knowing that you’ll be helping uplift the lives of our nation’s suffering heroes.
We accept nearly all types of vehicles. We even take those that have dents, scratches, or defective parts. If you’re uncertain about your car’s qualification for our program, let us know your concerns here and we’ll tell you what we think.
For inquiries, feel free to give us a call anytime through our toll-free hotline at 877-594-5822. Visit our FAQs page to learn more about our quick and easy donation process and other important details.
Make a Difference in the Lives of Our Heroes Today!
If you value the sacrifices that our heroes made to ensure our freedom and security, don’t miss this opportunity to give back to them. Your car donation will mean so much to them. Call Veteran Car Donations at 877-594-5822 or fill out our secure online donation form now!