The first day of March is here! And if you think you’re ready for spring, imagine how your tires feel. Built-up debris, potholes, and extreme temperature changes can all wreak havoc on their rubber soles. Routine tire maintenance will not only help you get the most out of them but can also keep you safe on the road.

Individual monitors show air pressure amounts for each tire and alert the driver when an individual tire is low.

Individual monitors show air pressure amounts for each tire and alert the driver when an individual tire is low.

Tire inflation

Having the correct tire pressure is an important part of regular maintenance of your car, and it’s also a necessity for being a good driver. The amount of air pressure in your tires has an immediate effect on your driving, especially braking and turning.

 

Winter weather, even in Florida, can deflate your tires. Because of colder air contracts, the air pressure falls and the tire may become under inflated. In fact, tire pressure drops about 1 PSI (pounds per square inch) for every 10 degrees the temperature drops.

 

In the summer, the reverse is true. When the air starts to get warmer, the volume of the air expands, so the air trapped inside the tires begins to expand and increases the overall pressure. This potentially causes the tire to become over inflated.

 

Driving on either overinflated or underinflated tire is dangerous, especially on wet pavement. Cars with properly inflated tires have better handling, shorter braking distances, longer tire life, and improved fuel economy — which will definitely make you a happier driver.

 

That’s why it’s important to schedule seasonal maintenance and tune-ups, and the friendly technicians at Bartow Ford are happy to help. While they are checking tire pressure, they will also check for general wear and tear and the tread depth. Tread depth is essential to a well-performing tire, because it prevents hydroplaning, and it gives your vehicle solid traction on the road in our rainy season.

 

Tires, after all, are what allow you and your vehicle to roll down the road. Problems with your rubber foursome will make for a bumpy, and possibly dangerous, ride.

 

To schedule an appointment, call Bartow Ford at 863-533-0425 or click https://www.bartowford.com/service/schedule-service/, today!

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