10 Tire Facts That You Probably Didn’t Know
Lakeland Ford has been providing customers with quality tires for many years. We’re always exploring different ways to improve our service. This blog post will list ten facts about car tires that you probably didn’t know!
A newly-inflated car tire can support up to 3,000 pounds of weight. That equals the average weight of about 15 American males! If you’re ever carrying a lot of weight in your car, the tires can handle it.
To maintain your car’s condition, it’s a good idea to rotate your tires every few thousand miles. The tires will wear and tear evenly, which will help them last longer.
3: Tire Pressure
There are three types of tire pressure: cold, hot and running. The best pressure for your tires will depend on the driving. It is best to check tire pressure once a month!
This may seem obvious, but tires come in various sizes. A tire’s measurement is expressed in three numbers: 205/50 17. The first represents the tire’s width, the second number is the height of the sidewall, and the third number is the wheel diameter.
5: Time to Change!
The best time to change your tires is usually about every six years, but this, of course, depends on the driving you do. You should prepare for tire changes by having the necessary tools and equipment at home (a jack, a wrench) as well as knowing how to change your flats properly!
6: Watch Out!
When driving on narrow lanes, try to avoid running over curbs. These can cause significant damage to your tires and even result in a flat.
When driving on the highway, be careful of tire blowouts as they may happen at high speeds where it’s hard to control your vehicle. Keep an eye out for any loose objects that could get stuck under the wheel or affect handling during turns or sharp braking/accelerating.
7: Treading Water
Most tires have a tread that helps channel water away from the tire and back to the road. If this tread is worn down, water can enter the inner part of your tires and interfere with their grip on the road surface, resulting in a loss of control or even skidding out.
8: Four-Wheel Drives
This one might not be a surprise to you! A 4-wheel drive vehicle needs more air in each tire than a 2-wheel drive.
9: Stylish Turnouts
Most new cars often come with “wheel arches.” These are the curves and lines that frame your tires. Unfortunately, these can also be where dirt and grime can build up over time and eventually wear your tires down more quickly.
10: Types of Tires
You’ll typically encounter three types of tires while shopping for new sets. These include high-performance, all-season, and winter. If you live in a more temperate climate where snow is not too common, an “all-season” tire should work just fine!
We hope you feel more confident in your next purchase with these ten little-known facts about car tires!
At Lakeland Ford, we ensure our customers in Orlando, FL, have the best experience with their vehicles.