Tischer Motor Minute—Vehicle Safety, Part 1: Tires

Welcome back for our second Tischer Motor Minute video! For the next few installments, we’ll be bringing you travel safety tips. These short videos are intended to give you manageable tips for maintaining your car and broadening your knowledge base about your vehicle. Since we know you can’t always make it to the dealership to converse with us one-on-one, we’re bringing our expertise to you. You can catch our first video here and view our latest video below. In the event you don’t have time to view the video, here’s what you need to know.

When you bring your vehicle in to our dealership for service, we examine your vehicle through a multi-point inspection process where we check various aspects of your car such as brakes, tires, fluid levels, and more. We do this to make sure your vehicle is always in safe condition for you and your family. However, we understand personal obligations and travel time don’t always make it easy for you to get to your local dealership or mechanic for service. So here are a few tire safety checks you can easily do for yourself:

1. Tire sidewalls. Examine the outside walls of the tire and check for any cuts or bulges. If you see any cuts or bulges, this is usually an indication of damage on some level and is, obviously, potentially harmful to your safety.

2. Tire pressure. Always keep your tires properly inflated. Your car’s ideal tire pressure can be found simply by checking the sticker, usually found just inside the driver’s door on the car’s frame. It’s easy to adjust your own tire pressure. You can purchase a manual or digital pressure gauge and use the reading to either add or let out pressure from your tire. It is important to note that you should examine/adjust your tire pressure only when your tires are cool/cold. Driving causes your tires to heat which will naturally inflate your tire’s pressure. So, wait until the tire has cooled to assess the pressure.

3. Warning lights. Most cars have a built-in tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS). Pay attention to any warning lights or alerts that appear on your dashboard or driver display regarding low tire pressure.

4. Tread depth. Tire tread depth also has to be at an optimal level. You can buy an inexpensive tread gauge or, you can do the penny test! Turn a penny upside down and insert good ol’ Abe Lincoln’s head in the tire tread. As long as you see his head covered, the tire is in good shape. With a gauge, the minimum safety depth is 2/32”. If your car fails either test, it’s probably time for us to “talk tires.”

So there you have it—four quick, simple, and affordable ways to perform DIY car maintenance before any traveling you have on your agenda. Of course, we at Tischer hope you will consider us for any service you may need on your vehicle in the future. If you need to schedule service, please don’t hesitate to contact us on Facebook or Twitter, or simply let us know what you think of our Motor Minute videos so far.