As a New England driver, you’re well aware of the multitude of road conditions. During any given season, drivers face several road conditions that open the gateway auto repair. From hidden potholes to icy roads, keeping your vehicle in tip-top shape can sometimes seem a challenge. However, one element on your vehicle is the barrier to it all – your tires. As the one piece in direct contact with the road, it becomes imperative to maintain healthy tires.

However, as the same New England driver, you are probably also aware of the expenses of tire repair or replacement. While tires generally last around 50,000 miles, road conditions and driving habits can quickly change this number. But, with minimal effort and time, you can keep your tires (and ultimately your vehicle) on the road and running smoothly.

Do you know your vehicle’s recommended air pressure?

One of the easiest things you can do as a vehicle owner to maintain the integrity of your tires is to know the recommended air pressure. Not sure what it is? Don’t worry, you’re not alone! Finding the manufacturer’s recommendation is as easy as opening your driver’s side door and located the attached sticker. There, you’ll find the number you seek. If for some reason the sticker is removed, your owner’s manual should also contain the information.

Knowing and maintain the right amount of pressure can save you hundreds, if not thousands of dollars in tire replacement. Ever see a “blow out” on the highway? Often, these things happen due to low pressure. Another crucial piece of obtained information is knowing whether or not you have a slow leak. Often, a slow leak goes unnoticed until it is too late and tire replacement is required.

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How’s your tread doing?

If you have tires, you have tread. Well, you should anyway. If you’ve ever heard of a ‘bald tire,’ this term refers to a tire that the tread has worn. The tread refers to the outer layer of rubber that makes contact with the road compared to the inner depth. As your tread wears, the depth decreases making handling a more difficult task, especially in the rain.

When you stop to adjust your air pressure, be sure to notice your tread as well. Whether you give the infamous penny test a go or invest in an inexpensive tool to read tread depth, knowing the health of your tire’s tread is crucial.

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Maintaining optimal tire conditions can help save thousands of dollar in auto repair. If you suspect your tires could use a little TLC, don’t wait until it’s too late. Contact the experts at Mike Brailey’s Auto to schedule your appointment today! Our team has proudly served the Milford area for nearly two decades. Delivering our customer’s honest, trustworthy recommendations and service, you can have confidence that your vehicle is in the best hands!

Contact Mike’s Brailey’s Automotive today by calling 603.672.8867.