When you have a vehicle, you want to learn all about the vehicle that you will drive. This includes some pretty basic car maintenance and car repairs. What you should include in your self-education on vehicles is everything in regards to tires, since without tires, a car cannot go anywhere at all. If you do not have enough knowledge about tire maintenance and tires yourself, you can find some helpful info here or ask your tire service station when you take your car in for a service. Here are the services a station typically performs about which you can ask a technician and learn a lot.
Tire Tread Check
Tread is important for gripping the road and avoiding sliding collisions. The tire technician can show you how to use a simple penny to check the treads on all four tires and check tread all the way around those tires. Some tires wear unevenly because of an imbalance with the wheels. Other tires wear more frequently if the car is making lots of right turns, left turns, or the vehicle is front-wheel or rear-wheel drive. The tire technician can explain all of these things as he/she shows you how to check tread.
Balancing the wheels is a process whereby a machine is used to get all four tires to touch the ground evenly and not wobble to one side. The wheels have to be on the axles straight, and not twisted in the slightest. While you cannot do tire balancing on your own, you can see why it is so important to bring your car to a tire shop to have the wheels/tires balanced regularly.
Every vehicle has a specific inflation rate for its tires. On newer vehicles, this information can be found on a sticker on the inside of the driver's door. The technician can show you where to find this information, as well as information regarding tire size. Use a tire pressure gauge to check for the right amount of air pressure. While you may need to fill up your tires on your own, technicians will often fill up your tires for you when you bring your car in for a service.
Everyone, regardless of age or sex, should know how to change a tire. It is a life-saving skill. Your tire technician can walk you through the process with the car that you have brought to the shop, or at least answer your questions about where to place the car jack so that you do not wreck the frame of your vehicle.