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Tire Care Basics

You may not think about the tires on your family’s vehicle but having the right set of tires can greatly improve your safety and overall gas mileage. A fresh set of quality brand tires can do wonders for drivability. Once you have the proper set of tires installed, you need to ensure the tread wears down evenly, so they last as long as possible. A little bit of care can go a long way when it comes to your tires longevity. If you have any questions about your tires or need to get new tires this spring, ask the expert tire technicians waiting to serve you at any of the area’s 40 local Dobbs Tire & Auto Centers store locations.

How to Check Your Treads

If you are unsure of how well your tire treads are holding up over time, you can test your treads using the penny test. The only thing you will need for this test is a single penny. Take the penny and turn the image of President Abraham Lincoln so it faces you. Turn the penny upside down and insert it into your tire’s main treads. If you can’t see the top of Mr. Lincoln’s head, your tire tread is still good. If you can see the top of Mr. Lincoln’s head clearly, you are definitely ready for new tires. Make sure you test each of your tires and to determine if your tires are wearing down evenly. Because tires frequently don’t wear down evenly, it is important to get your tires regularly rotated. You can take care of all your spring car care needs in one place right here at your local Dobbs Tire & Auto Centers.

Why Tire Rotations are Important

The term “tire rotation” is a bit misleading. A tire rotation is when tires are taken off and moved around to another tire position to ensure even wear. Having your tires rotated will help cut down on premature tire replacements by making sure that all of your tires wear down at the same rate. By having your tires rotated regularly, you will help prolong the life of your tires, improve your gas mileage, while enjoying a smoother, more comfortable ride. You can take care of all your spring car care need in one place right here at your local Dobbs Tire & Auto Centers.

Wheel Alignment

Have you ever driven an older car and noticed that the car will list to the left or right even when your steering wheel is straight? Cars that lean left or right while the steering wheel is held straight do so as a result of poor wheel alignment. This can happen over time even to cars that have been well taken care of. A proper wheel alignment is a quick and routine piece of automotive maintenance that ensures that your wheels remain straight when driving. It is generally recommended you get a wheel alignment every 2-3 years. You can easily streamline this process by getting your wheels aligned every time you swap out your old tires for new tires. You can take care of all your spring car care needs in one place right here at your local Dobbs Tire & Auto Centers.

Here at Dobbs Tire & Auto Center, we know how important it is to keep your vehicle running smoothly. If you have snow tires on your car still, make sure you change out your tires as snow tires can easily shred when used on hot pavement. Take care of all your spring car care needs in one stop by visiting your local Dobbs Tire & Auto Centers today.

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