When was the last time you had your BMW tires changed or rotated? Most people, when asked, will have to think long and hard about that question. They may have had their winter tires swapped out for all season tread in the spring, but if they’ve had those all-season tires, and maybe even their winter tires, for several seasons, are they in the best condition possible?
It’s important to make sure your BMW is as safe as possible.
Tire maintenance is part of keeping up with the general overall maintenance of every vehicle, including BMWs. Not many people who drive on our area roads today understand much about their vehicles. They know where to fill the gas, they know where the ignition is, they know how to drive them, but if they were asked to check the oil, coolant levels, or tire pressure, they might not have a clue.
Checking the tire pressure is easy, but what about other maintenance issues?
That’s why it’s such a good idea to bring your BMW into an authorized service center to have an experienced technician come out and do a visual inspection of your tires every once in a while. As we move out of summer and into autumn and then winter, having tires in great condition is incredibly important for maintaining traction.
There should be plenty of tread.
You should have at least a full half a centimeter of tread on your tires to ensure proper safety. If there’s low tread, the greater the risk of hydroplaning on wet surfaces. The tread allows water to move through the tire, keeping the maximum amount of rubber affixed to the road surface.
You also want to ensure that your tires are inflated to the proper psi. Underinflated tires can cause less traction, and overinflated tires can also be a major concern. As the temperatures fluctuate outside, it will affect tire pressure, so make sure you keep up with general tire maintenance to ensure safety throughout the season.