Tire Safety & Maintenance Tips

Tire Safety and Maintenance in Smithville, MO

Tire Safety & Maintenance at Victory Chevrolet of Smithville

Regular tire inspections are a crucial part of safeguarding your safety and the overall health of your car. It is always a good idea to get your tires checked out on a regular basis. You should check your tires more frequently if you usually travel long distances, reside in a cold area, or drive through potholes and other road debris. It is a good idea to check the manufacturer’s suggested timeframe about how often you should get your tires checked, but generally, it will be fine to get your tires checked when you bring your vehicle in for regular service appointments. If you haven’t had your vehicle serviced in a while and think it may be time, come visit us at Victory Chevrolet of Smithville and let our service pros get your vehicle checked out.  If you are located in the Smithville, Independence, or Kansas City areas and think your tires need a good check-up, come visit us today and we will get you safely and affordably back on the road.

Tire Maintenance and Safety

Your car’s handling, ride, braking, and safety are all affected by the overall health of your tires. It is important that you keep certain things about your tires’ health in mind, such as:

  • Correct alignment is crucial to keep your tires at the same rate of wear.
  • Ideal tire pressure is also important because too great or too little tire pressure can both cause damage.
  • Tread depth is important because if the tread begins to wear down too far, it can affect how well the tires grip the road, making your ride more unsafe.
  • The balance of your tires is also important to help maintain even wear patterns on all four tires.

It is always a good idea to give your tires a close visual examination if you know you will have to be on the road for a significant amount of time or a long trip. Any issues you find in your tires beforehand usually can be cheaply fixed, but if left alone, could cause much bigger issues and cost far more money in the future.

Wearing Signs to Look for on Your Treads

Certain tire wear problems can be indicated by the manner in which the treads are wearing down. Many can be easily noticed and recognized by a quick visual inspection. If you notice mostly the middle section of your tires is wearing down, this is generally due to overinflation. If the outer edges seem to be wearing down at a faster rate than the middle, it is most likely that your tires are underinflated. If you notice that the wear seems to be more on the edge of the tire, there is a good chance they are out of alignment. If you can’t find a distinct pattern to the wear and it seems to be inconsistent, this is most likely because your tires are not correctly balanced.

Signs to Watch for While Driving

If you notice that your vehicle is beginning to make strange thumping noises or strange vibrations coming from your chassis area, there is a good chance your tires are not correctly balanced. If you notice that your vehicle pulls to one side or another without you touching the wheel, it is most likely that you will need to get your tires realigned.


If you are beginning to notice some of the above-mentioned symptoms, feel free to contact our service center at Victory Chevrolet of Smithville and see what we can do to get your tires safely back on the road.  Schedule a service appointment online if you would prefer to have an appointment already set up.