How to Take Care of Your Car Wheels
Tires are one of the most important car safety features. When you drive, they are the only part of the car in contact with the road, so you can imagine how vital it is that they are in good condition, going at high speeds. Although personal protection measures, such as wearing seat belts, are basic, there is no doubt that the tires are key to safe travel. At oneHOWTO we explain how to take care of your care wheels.
Firstly, you have to make sure that the tire pressure is always correct and at the level recommended by the manufacturer. As well as saving on fuel when you travel with your tires at the right pressure, you will be safer and it will increase the life of your tires.
Over-inflated tires increase the resistance with the road which will mean you use more fuel, while those with less pressure than is recommended will overheat and wear faster.
Knowing the type of tire that suits your car best will also save you a lot of money, as not every car needs the same type of wheel, which will also depend on the weather conditions and type of road where you're planning to drive the car. Take a look at our article on the best tires to buy for your car for more information on the subject.
The tread of the wheel is a warning sign that you should be mindful of. If this is disappearing, the tire is indicating that it is worn and it's time to change it. There are many options for changing tires in a relatively inexpensive way. We recommend that you click on this link to learn about retreaded tires.
Driving gently without breaking or accelerating heavily, other than when necessary, will help take care of the car's wheels. Thus efficient driving is a great way to save your tires, while also emitting less pollution.
How you use your car is also important for keeping the wheels in good condition. Don't load it with heavy weights, a car is not a van and is not designed to transport anything other than people, so you should not carry heavy loads.
An important fact about how to look after car wheels is the code that they include and that tells you, inter alia, the year of manufacture of the tire. It's something important to consider when you go to change them. Take a look at our article on how to change a car tire safely if you want to do so yourself.
To make your wheels look brand new, it's important to keep them clean. TO do so, follow the steps mentioned:
- Fill a bucket with lukewarm water and mix it with a soap that is specific for the material your wheels have.
- Get a soft bristle brush and scrub them perfectly.
- Rinse off with some water and dry them with a microfiber cloth.
- Wax your wheels with suitable equipment once a month so that your wheels shine.
- Apply tire coating if you drive through rough areas to protect your wheels.
Studies suggest that more than half of traffic accidents are related to the car's wheels being in poor condition. So you should always carry out this maintenance that is so important for your safety.
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