For many people, squealing tires is a sign of power and success. After all, if your car is making that much noise, you must be going really fast, right? It is sometimes fun to show off in front of your friends, but did you know that in some jurisdictions, squealing your tires is not legal in some jurisdictions? In addition to being potentially dangerous, squealing your tires can also damage the road surface. If you’re caught doing it, you will most likely not go to jail, but you could be fined or even lose your license. So next time you’re tempted to squeal intentionally, think twice!
Why are my tires screeching?
Unfortunately, speed isn’t the only thing that can cause tires to squeal. In fact, there are several reasons why squealing tires can be a bad idea.
One of the most common reasons for squealing tires is that the tires are not inflated properly. When tires are underinflated, they can flex more than they should, which can cause the tread to separate from the tire. This can lead to a blowout, and no one wants to deal with that.
Squealing can damage your tires. The constant friction can wear down the treads, making them less effective at gripping the road. This can lead to dangerous accidents, especially in wet or icy conditions. Additionally, squealing tires can be extremely annoying to other drivers, and it can also be a sign that something is wrong with your car. If you’re having trouble stopping or if your car seems to be pulling to one side, it’s always a good idea to get it checked out by a professional.
Another reason squealing tires can be a bad idea is that it can indicate that the alignment is off. When the alignment is off, it can cause the tires to wear unevenly, which will not only shorten their lifespan but can also lead to dangerous driving conditions.
Lastly, squealing tires can also be a sign of brake problems. If the brakes are not working properly, they can cause the tires to squeal when they are applied. Again, this can be extremely dangerous, as it can lead to accidents.
What are the solutions?
The professional mechanic will examine your vehicle and determine exactly why your tires screech. But, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t perform your due diligence.
Start with checking the air pressure in the tires. Low air pressure makes the tires more susceptible to flats. If your car has a tire-pressure monitoring system (TPMS), it will warn you when any of the tires is significantly low on air. You can usually find the recommended air pressure for your tires on a sticker inside the driver’s door or in your owner’s manual. If you don’t have a TPMS, check your tires’ air pressure at least once a month with a reliable gauge, and add air if necessary. You should also check the spare tire if your car has one.
You should regularly perform a tire balance check. Tire balance is important for two reasons. First, it helps maintain even tire wear, which leads to longer tire life. Second, it promotes smooth handling and braking, which enhances the driver’s safety. If your vehicle vibrates excessively or seems to pull to one side while driving, it may be time for a tire balance check. Mechanics will spin each wheel and check for any heavy spots. If necessary, they’ll add weight to the wheel in order to achieve proper balance. We suggest tire balancing after every 5,000 miles, to ensure optimal performance and safety. In addition, for most vehicles, we advise having the tires balanced every other oil change.
Pay attention to your driving habits. Avoid rapid acceleration, hard braking and sudden cornering. These aggressive driving habits can lower your gas mileage by 33% on the highway and 5% around town. So take it easy on the gas pedal and brake gently to save your tires from damage and improve your fuel efficiency. In addition to paying attention to your driving habits, you can also help improve your fuel efficiency by keeping your car in good working condition. Make sure your tires are properly inflated and that your engine is tuned up regularly. These simple maintenance tasks can make a big difference in how much fuel your car uses and help you save money in the long run.
Regular vehicle inspection
Vehicle inspection helps to ensure that your vehicle is running smoothly and safely. A regular inspection can also help you avoid costly repairs down the road. In case there is no officially mandated frequency for inspection, most experts recommend having your vehicle inspected at least once a year. However, if you drive frequently or put a lot of miles on your car, you may want to consider having it inspected more often. In some jurisdictions, inspections are mandatory in certain timeframes or before car registration.
During a vehicle inspection, a trained technician will examine your car from top to bottom to look for any signs of wear or damage. They will also check all the fluid levels and make sure that the tires are properly inflated. Once they have completed their examination, they will provide you with a report detailing their findings. If any repairs or maintenance are needed, the technician will let you know. They can also give you advice on preventing future issues from occurring.
Regular vehicle inspections are important for keeping your car in good condition. By having your car inspected on a regular basis, you can avoid expensive repairs and ensure that it is running safely and smoothly. However, it is important to remember that regular vehicle inspections are not a substitute for proper maintenance and care. Even if your car passes an inspection with flying colors, you should still take good care of it by regularly washing and waxing it, and by keeping an eye on the fluid levels and tire pressure. So even though I will not go to jail for squealing my tires, it pays off to treat them with care.