Saving Money on Gasoline through Tire Maintenance

The price of gasoline went up to amounts never seen before in the history of the United States a few years ago and, apparently, are not going to decline in the foreseeable future, if ever. Given that fact, coupled with the reality that as a culture, people everywhere, including Chester, have a legitimate need for their cars so they are not likely to give them up no matter what the price of gas may be. For most of us, owning and using a vehicle is a necessity, not a mere convenience or a lifestyle extra for enjoyment only. Most of us really need our cars no matter how high the price of gas. While we can’t directly affect or change the price of gas in Chester, we can take steps, including monitoring the condition of our Michelin tires, to use less gas while still using our cars to meet our needs.

One of the easiest ways to save money on gas is by increasing mileage performance by giving appropriate attention to our Michelin tires. Not only should we schedule regular maintenance, which often doesn’t cost anything, to keep our tires rotated and aligned correctly, but we should inflate them to the appropriate pressure as recommended by our car manufacturer (not the maximum capacity listed on the tire itself). It’s also critical to be sure there is enough tread on the tires and that any wear is not imbalanced or uneven. Check the tread on your Michelin tires by inserting a penny in between two treads; if you can see Abraham Lincoln’s hairdo, your tread is probably illegal. You are required by law to replace any tire that is less than 2/32 of an inch high. Bad tread, as well as underinflated or misaligned tires, can affect gas mileage dramatically, costing you more money on fuel. Buying new Michelin tires in Chester for your car can keep you safer and save you money on gasoline expenses.

Checking air pressure regularly is a smart practice, and isn’t all that difficult. Check pressure at least once a month when you go to buy gas. Using a tire pressure gauge will tell you clearly and accurately what the pressure is. Many air pumps contain a tire gauge feature that gives you the pressure as you inflate the tire itself. Keeping your Michelin tires at the correct pressure is key to extending the life of your tires, as well as possibly saving your own life, given the statistic that nearly 660 people are killed in traffic accidents every year due to malfunctioning tires. Not only does keeping the tire pressure correct create a more efficient and cost-effective driving experience, but it also contributes to overall road safety.

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