When you buy a used car or are performing regular maintenance on your daily driver, a main factor you want to consider is tire maintenance. Your tires can affect all aspects of your vehicle - and most importantly, the way it handles. Your car is a big, heavy, finely-tuned machine and keeping that tuning at its peak keeps you safe and your car fun to drive.
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Each car has a different weight, and thus it puts a different kind of pressure upon its tires. When tires get inflated with air, the friction of them moving will cause heat, which will make the pressurized air inside it to expand, expanding the tires themselves.
If you've got too little air in them, the car will be harder to drive as you're basically moving on a flat surface. If you over-inflate them, air expansion and friction will surely cause them to wear out quickly and quite possibly burst after a while. This is especially true in the sunny heat of Florida, so keep those scolding hot asphalt roads in mind when filling them up.
To avoid this, you should check the inside of the door on the driver's side. There, you should find a sticker that indicates the amount of pressure required by your tires. The right pressure will make your car run smoothly without over-pressuring them and wearing them out. Try checking them out every time you fill up on oil, check the pressure is right and they should last you for a long time on clear roads.
Watch the Load
Tires are made to suspend your car in a bubble of air that allows it to move with ease. This bubble, although it is kept together by a strong material that can resist a lot of weight, it's not nearly indestructible.
They're made to carry your vehicle and only so much weight more, and because of this, you should always check the load capacity that is relative to the tire's index. If you exceed this load, and if you do it often, tires will overheat much faster and will also be much more likely to get frayed, destroyed, deflated and dead.
If you need to put so much stuff in your car, you should consider getting tires for heavier duty, or a larger vehicle to move around stuff in. Sometimes taking a second trip to move around stuff can be better than having to replace tires at half their expected lifespan.
If your car is in good shape or still needs repairs, it’s still a big deal to keep it legal and on the road. If you want to register the car quickly and be able to drive it without getting pulled over, it’s time to contact Auto Tags of Florida at (954)848-4808. We'll make sure you can put the miles on your Florida vehicle.