We've almost reached the checkered flag for 2020, which means it's time to indulge in the time-honored tradition of setting overly ambitious goals for changes we will make to our lives in the New Year. We're no experts when it comes to exercising or eating more vegetables, but we can definitely give you a nudge when it comes to manageable new routines that will make 2021 the best year you've ever had (with your tires, at least). So, without further ado, let's explore some simple and attainable Tire Routine Resolutions to keep your tires in tip-top shape and maximize your mileage in 2021...
The first part of your new routine should be to check your tire pressure every few weeks. Consistency is key to forming a new habit, so make a maintenance schedule and stick to it! Luckily, you don't even need to go out of your way to regularly check your tire pressure. Most gas stations will have an air pump, allowing you to check and refill your tires for loose change or even for free.
Speaking of loose change, your next resolution ought to be to keep a penny on you so that you can check your tires' treads every so often. You can make it easier on yourself by doing this at the same time your check your tire pressure. The trick to understanding proper tread depth? It's all in Lincoln's head. If you can see the top of his head when inserting the coin upside down, your treads are too shallow and you'll want to look into new tires soon.
A third, often-overlooked routine to keep in mind in the New Year is rotating your tires according to your vehicle's specifications for every 5,000 miles you drive. This can be done at home or in the shop, if you don't feel comfortable doing it yourself. Proper rotation ensures that your set of tires wears out more evenly, keeping you and your vehicle safe from uneven traction or alignment. Starting in 2021, make keeping track of your odometer part of your new routine so you never miss a rotation.
Our last recommendation isn't directly tire related, but it sure helps out your car: keep an eye on your oil! Your engine will thank you, and you'll get more mileage out of your tires as a result. Add this to the list of checks you make regularly in 2021, and staying on top of oil changes will be a breeze.
In the New Year, we're hopeful that there will be more opportunities to get out and explore. Committing to these tire care resolutions is a simple way to make the most of every mile. We may not be able to follow through on everything we resolve to do in 2021, but being consistent on these four checks will help us start the year on the right pedal and keep our cars and tires performing like never before.