If you’re a runner–whether a long-distance marathon runner, a sprinter, or a casual jogger–you understand the need to take care of your feet. You know the value of a good pair of running shoes, and you’re willing to spend a little more to prevent injuries that may result from wearing substandard footwear. So if you wouldn’t make a habit of running in flip-flops, why would you continue to drive your car without ensuring that your tires are in good condition? If you don’t properly maintain your tires, you are allowing them to wear out sooner, possibly causing damage to your vehicle, and potentially putting yourself and your passengers in danger. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Bring your ride to Blue Ridge Truck & Auto in Salem, Virginia, where we specialize in tires and tire care. We’ll have your auto running with better rubber and you driving with confidence.
Sensible Tire Maintenance
Tire maintenance saves you a great deal of time and money in the long run.
Simple Tire Tips
First, monitor tire air pressure often. This should be done with a tire pressure gauge, not just by sight. Looks can be deceiving, and a gauge for home use is not very expensive. Underinflated tires reduce fuel economy and tread life. They can even overheat and blow out. Overinflated tires cause abnormal and excessive wear.
Check Your Tire Tread
You should also ensure that your vehicle’s tires have a sufficient amount of tread. With wear, the tread is reduced, leaving your vehicle more vulnerable to hydroplaning and increasing stopping distances.
Regular Tire Rotation And Balancing
Rotating and balancing your tires on a recommended schedule also increases tire life by preventing uneven wear and bald spots. Should you encounter any problems, you need to have your wheel alignment checked. Such issues include noticeable tread wear in some places, but not others, pulling to one side when you’re driving, or finding that your steering wheel won’t come back to the center position. If your auto is found to be out of alignment, we can correct it using our state-of-the-art computerized equipment to make precise adjustments.
The Proper Fit
You don’t have to go it alone with tire maintenance. The professionals at Salem, Virginia’s location of Blue Ridge Truck & Auto are trained and equipped to take care of all your tire needs on your car, truck, or SUV. Just as a serious runner opts for well-fitted athletic shoes instead of whatever is in the bargain bin, bring your vehicle to us to ensure that your tires are safe and maintained as they should be.