It is exciting to buy a car, especially your first car, but such a vehicle is also a big responsibility. This ranges from driving carefully all the way to taking it in to auto repair shops for oil filter changes, replacing the brake pads, and much more. Don’t forget the tires and rims either, which are easy to take for granted. Tire stores and tire shops can offer tire repair services and new models of tires, which can greatly affect how your car performs. Fresh new tires, even relatively cheap tires, can make a car smooth and efficient to drive, while old tires are a real hazard on the road. Knowing when it’s time for tire repair or replacement (or even rotation) can make all the difference, and make your car safe and smooth to operate.
Issues With Old Tires
What might go wrong with a car’s tires? Over time, car tires can get worn out, and this may cause some problems, such as deflation. Car tires need to be firm and pumped with air, but very old tires may leak air constantly, even if they are pumped up again. These partially deflated, soft tires make for sloppy and erratic driving, and they are not fuel efficient, either. Such faulty tires often cause cars to get into wrecks; at the very least, many auto accidents today involve one or more cars with very old or faulty tires.
On top of that, old tires have worn-out grips, which makes them too slippery to drive on safely, even on dry and clear roads, let alone on winter roads slick with ice or snow. Such tires may make a car go out of control or behave oddly, which may also explain why so many auto accidents involve old, bad tires. Finally, these old tires may be worn thin and get punctured more easily than fresh ones, and they may become ruined or even burst when they run over a curb, tree branches, or hard items such as rocks or metal scraps.
Replacing and Repairing Tires
Fortunately, today’s tire shops and auto repair bays can offer tire repair and replacement for any car owner. How will you know it is time to visit? Try keeping a log for all repair work done on your car, including the date and odometer reading, whenever you have tire repairs done or get your tires replaced or rotated. In this way, you’ll never be driving on faulty old tires, and rotating them helps keep those tires running longer. Even fairly cheap new tires may be better than old ones, and at the very least, they won’t constantly deflate. Many tires are designed for driving on regular roads, and they are plenty firm with air. But there are more options.
Some tires are winter models, which have very good grip and are safer to drive on roads slick with ice or snow. This makes for better driving in winter, and in some parts of Canada, using such tires during winter months is not just a good idea, but required by law, for safety’s sake. Meanwhile, hobby drivers and enthusiasts can buy off-road tires, which are exactly that: tires meant for driving in the wild. These tough tires have specialized grips for going over natural terrain such as sand, shallow creeks, rocky areas, tall grass, and more, where ordinary tires would struggle.
Tire repair may be an option of the damage isn’t too severe, and if it’s not on a critical part of the tire. You can bring your car to a repair shop and ask for repairs, and the workers may remove any foreign objects that caused the puncture, then seal the hole. But if the damage is too severe, or in a certain part of the tire’s body, then the tire is beyond repair and will need to be replaced entirely. Tire shops should offer plenty of different brand names and types of tires for any customer, so replacing old ones should be fairly easy. And if need be, the wheels’ rims can also be cleaned off or repaired, such as pounding out dents from their aluminum bodies. Car enthusiasts may also buy stylish rims, or rims designed for the vigors of car races.