Tire Care Awareness
Tire Safety Tips
Good Driving Habits
Believe it or not, the way you drive can have a large influence on the life of your tires. Here are some tips to help you get the most out of your tires:
- Avoid sudden starts and stops
- Stay within posted speed limits
- Avoid potholes
- Don’t hit curbs
- Do not overload your vehicle. Check your owner’s manual to verify the maximum allowable weight for your vehicle
- Always wear your seat belt!!
- Check tire pressure at least once a month
- Inspect the tires for:
- Uneven tread wear
- Foreign objects
- Bulges In the Sidewall or tread
- Other signs of wear and/or damage
- Remove foreign objects from the tread
- Make sure that the tire valves have caps
- Check the tire pressure before taking a long trip
- Don’t overload your vehicle
- If you’re towing a trailer
- Some of the weight of the trailer will be transferred to the towing vehicle
- Rotate your tires every 6,000 miles
Tips and Suggestions
Rotate your tires every 6,000 miles
Keeping your tires rotated will ensure even tread wear and wilt maximize the life of your tires. Even tread wear will improve handling and braking performance.
Keep your tires balanced
Unbalanced tires will cause the tread to wear unevenly AND will cause other components of your vehicle, such as the suspension, to wear out as well.
Keep your car aligned properly
A vehicle that is out of alignment will cause the tires to wear out very quickly
Install matched tires when replacing old tires
Tires should be replaced in pairs or as a matched set. Installing different tires can have a significant influence on the handling, balance and braking performance of the vehicle,
Choose the right tires for your needs and environment
Nitrogen For Tires
One of a tyre’s primary tasks is to carry the weight of the vehicle. But anyone who’s ever had a flat tire knows that the tire doesn’t really carry the load…the inflation pressure inside it does! Using the correct inflation pressure not only provides the appropriate load capacity, it also enhances the tire’s performance, durability and contribution to vehicle fuel economy.
Tyres are typically inflated with air that’s a combination of roughly 78% nitrogen (N2), 21% oxygen (O2) and 1% miscellaneous gases. And since all gasses expand when heated and contract when cooled, tire inflation pressures rise and fall with changes in temperature by about one psi (pound per square inch) for every 10° Fahrenheit change in temperature. This is one of the reasons it’s recommended that tire pressures be checked early in the morning before ambient temperatures, the sun’s radiant heat, or the heat generated by driving causes the tire pressure to rise.
- Enhanced Tire Performance
- Keeps Tire at constant Air Pressure
- Upto 30% increase in Tire Life
- Upto 4% savings on Fuel Cost
- Better Handling and Drive Comfort
- Non-Combustible, Non-Flammable & Non-Corrosive
- Cooler running & Eco friendly
- In Wide application on Aircrafts, Formula 1 racing and Military applications
Battery Care Awareness
Car batteries are an essential part of an automobile. From getting your car started to charging your phone on-the-go, batteries provide the zap your vehicle needs to keep rolling. That’s why it’s so important to know when to start considering a car battery change, as well as what you can do to extend its lifespan.
The Average Car Battery Life
On average, car batteries last between 2 and 5 years. One of the most important factors that affects how long a car battery will last is the weather. A running engine under the hood is already producing high levels of heat. Throw in a scorching hot day and you have a severe drain on your car battery, which can lead to an increased chance of a dead battery if you don’t take proper summer driving precautions.
Warm weather can cause fluid in car batteries to evaporate, damaging the internal structure of the battery . That’s why average battery life is shorter in warmer climates. So when estimating how long your car battery life will last, consider the climate you will do most of your driving in.
Regardless of the temperature you drive in, properly taking care of your car battery can help keep it running.
1. Limit Short Rides
Quick car rides prevent your car’s battery from fully charging. Maintain your car’s battery power by driving it frequently and for extended periods. If you don’t use your car often, consider investing in a portable car battery charger. These portable chargers can jump start your battery without another vehicle in case you’re ever stranded.
2. Keep Your Battery Tightly Fastened
A battery that’s not securely fastened could vibrate, potentially resulting in internal damage and short circuits. Have your battery terminal checked regularly – especially if you frequently drive on bumpy roads – to ensure it is tightly and properly positioned in the mounting bracket.
3. Turn Off All the Lights When You Exit
Accidentally keeping your headlights and car door lights on can put a heavy toll on your vehicle’s battery. To keep yourself from forgetting, post a note on your dashboard, attach a sticker reminder on your car remote or park in a direction where you must walk past your headlights to get to your destination.
4. Control the Corrosion
Battery terminals corrode over time but keeping them clean from buildup is a great way to extend the life of your car battery. Scrub the terminals with a toothbrush dipped in a baking soda and water mixture. Then, using a spray bottle with cold water, rinse the mixture off and follow up with a thorough drying with aclean cloth.
5. Test Your Battery Often
Knowing the condition of your car battery matters when you want to maximize its life. Test your battery’s output voltage level with a car battery tester to keep track of how well you’re maintaining it and if you’re due for a new one.
6. Don’t Use Electronics While Idling
Turn off functions like the radio or air conditioner when your engine isn’t running to put less wear and tear on your battery power. Extended periods of idling also can wear a battery down.
7. Care for Your Whole Car
Your car is comprised of many parts working together. Making sure you are taking your car in for routine tune ups, as well as properly storing your vehicle are also simple ways to ensure your battery’s lifespan can reach its full capacity. The battery is just one component of a well-running car, so make sure to properly maintain all parts of your car to extend its life and the life of your battery.
No matter how well you maintain your car battery, you can’t always foresee when it may die. Learn more about roadside assistance and how it can help you in the event of an emergency.