6 Common Myths About Car Tires and Maintenance
A car’s tires are one of its most important components of any vehicle. However, they still are usually the least understood feature of the car. There are varying theories considering tires and how to maintain them. Also, there also are differing regulations for different tire types(Summer vs all weather vs winter tires) as well as a different car.
Although, the presence of so many differing ideals can end up confusing inexperienced drivers. Let’s check out some common myths that people get confused about and let’s debunk them.
Myth #1: All the vehicles come with spare tires provided by the automakers
Earlier, it used to be a standard feature in cars with all of them having a spare tire being given with every new car. Now, for space saving and fuel efficiency that stems from a decrease in any additional redundant weight, most cars don’t include a spare tire in the car’s trunk.
Rather, a person is offered the option of purchasing a new set of tires at a lower price, which itself is enticing, but the lack of a spare tire can truly be a pain while on a longer ride or during a deserted stretch.
Myth #2: Tires should be rotated once in a year
Most auto bloggers recommend that a person rotate the car tires at least once a year; rather tires should be rotated every 10,000-12,000 km, an ideal period for oil changes too. The ideal and the easiest way for remembering this is by changing the oil and rotating the tires at the same time and then noting it all down, so it’s simpler to remember when the next service is due.
Furthermore, rotating the tire allows a person to monitor all kinds of wear and tear to the car’s tires, and help check if all the tires aren’t affected evenly or not. This will help you change all in one go, rather than sporadically. When checking the tires, one can also look for bulges and cracks, which are dangerous and can cause the tire to burst and/or the car to overturn.
Myth #3: Check the tire for determining the ideal pressure
A large number of drivers are told that they should check the tire for finding out the ideal tire inflation pressure number. But, the primary purpose of these numbers is for indicating the drivers about the size and the type of tires they ideally should have and the maximum cold inflation. For finding the recommended tire pressure, one should check the label present on the inside of the vehicle’s driver side door or even in the owner’s manual.
Myth #4: Winter tires are meant only for snow
One of the basic things that people get wrong is the understanding that all the winter tires are only meant for snowy conditions. The rubber compounds as well components that are used for making winter tires keep them equally flexible in both hot and cold temperature.
The flexibility helps the tires provide much more improved handling and stopping speed.
Myth #5: Engine oil should be changed after every 5,000 kilometres
Initially, it was true that ideally, the oil change should take place after every 5,000 km, however, with all the improvement in oil quality and technology have negated the situation. Depending on the car type that is driven and the driving habits of a person, engine oil’s capacity can long much longer than the 5,000 km benchmark.
Even then, check out the car’s owner manual for an ideal kilometre range of the car for the oil change.
Myth #6: Speculating that you drive safely than you do
In the end, it should come as a no brainer that most drivers believe that they are better and drive more safely than they do. Studies across the world have shown that a vast majority of drivers classify themselves as safe drivers. But, the truth that stands out is that the people around you may not even classify you as even above average.