The quality of your tires can be the difference between
smooth sailing and potentially dangerous bad traction for your vehicle. The
easiest way to check whether your tires are worn out is — surprisingly — by
using a penny as your measurement tool.
Simply stick a penny into the groove of your tires with
President Lincoln’s head pointing down. Your tires are fine if Lincoln’s head
is covered. If you can see the top of Lincoln’s head, then your tires have worn
past 2/32 of an inch, and you should get a replacement set as soon as possible.
The tread in a tire is how your vehicle keeps traction on
the road. Big grooves allow water and debris to move past the wheel and keep a
firm grip on the road. Bald tires reduce the amount of debris and water that can
move through, so they lose grip in adverse road conditions. The state of North
Carolina even requires that your tires have at least 2/32 inch tread to
increase overall road safety.
There can be other signs of wear. More worn tread in the
center can mean over-inflation of the tires, uneven wear can be a result of
misalignment, and if there is wear on the edges, your tires may be underinflated.
Check your tires today to stay safe. If you need new tires or want an expert opinion, the certified service professionals at Asheville Chevrolet can help you out.
As we move into 2020, there are tons of ways you can make
your car a little bit more eco-friendly. Here are some easy ways to go green
with your car in the New Year.
Replace Your Air
Filter more frequently
The air filter is there for a reason, and having a clogged
air filter means the particles it should be collecting go into the atmosphere.
Plus, a clogged air filter can lower your gas mileage by as much as ten percent.
Not only will this save you money at the pump, it’ll mean fewer emissions and
less need for gasoline.
Switch to synthetic oil
If you replace the oil in your engine with synthetic oil,
you are reducing the amount of raw oil that needs to be drilled. Many synthetic
oils don’t carry chemicals that breakdown at higher temperatures like petroleum
products do, so they won’t release into the atmosphere. You can easily choose a
synthetic oil with energy-conserving compounds by looking for a label from the American
Drive a bit slower
Faster driving not only makes you more likely to get hit
with speeding tickets, it also releases more emissions into the atmosphere.
Driving at a consistent 60 mph or under can save up to 15 percent on gas
mileage, which means less reliance on fossil fuels.
If your car is packed full of cargo in the back seat or
trunk, that extra weight can actually force your engine to work harder, resulting
in more emissions. Clean out your vehicle for less weight and a better
If you’re looking for a qualified technician to replace your air filter or fill your car with high-quality synthetic oil, make an appointment with the service department at Asheville Chevrolet.