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The Most Important Part on Your Vehicle

An automobile is collection of millions of smaller pieces that are assembled together to make a whole vehicle. Each bolt and fastener has its purpose, but if you were to pick just one component, could you identify the single most important one?

You may be thinking that it is your engine or transmission or some kind of computer system, but this is actually a trick question. There are four parts on your car that you cannot go anywhere without. They control just about every major task your vehicle must perform. They affect your acceleration, handling, and safety. They are your tires, and every other mechanical system exists solely to ensure that your tires can do their job.

The Work Your Tires Do

Your tires have a difficult task to perform, and they must succeed for miles of driving without failing.

  • Traction – Without grip on the pavement, you cannot accelerate, turn, or stop.
  • Flexibility – Tires must be able to change shape to maintain contact with the ground.
  • Durability – The sidewalls absorb impact from bumps in the road and resist punctures.
  • Strength – The rubber compounds must support the weight of your vehicle.

If you have ever had to drive through snow or ice, you understand what it is like to travel when your tires are ineffective.

Getting the Most Out of Your Tires

A good set of tires positively affects your fuel economy, safety, and handling. There are some things you can do to ensure that you are getting the most out of your set.

  • Inspections – Check for tread depth, excessive wear, and defects.
  • Routine Maintenance – Keep good tire pressure, and rotate them regularly to extend their life.
  • Suspension Work – Repair damage to your suspension and have your alignment checked.
  • Install Quality Tires – Invest money in a good set of tires to begin with.

If you are unsure about the current condition of your tires, stop by Taysom Tire and have a trusted mechanic inspect them for you.