As rideshare drivers, our cars are our money makers! Vehicle maintenance is an important part of what we do. One key component of our cars is its tires. They don’t just provide a smooth ride – their upkeep is also an important part of our safety and the safety of our riders.
Keeping your tires inflated to the manufacturer’s recommendations will provide optimal gas mileage, better tire wear, and help with maintaining your car’s wheel alignment. Tire pressure information can be found on the sidewall of your tires and as well as the sticker on your car’s door jam. It is usually between 30psi to 35psi but check to be sure you’ve got it right.
Rotating your tires will extend their life and save you money. According to Michelin Man you should have your tires rotated every 6000 – 8000 miles or every 6 months for optimal performance. A good way to remember to do this with every other oil change.
How can you tell if it’s time to replace your tires? One of the best ways is with a penny! Take the penny and grab by Lincoln’s neck and insert it into your tires tread, head first. If you can see all of Lincoln’s head, it’s time for new tires. Cars.com has a video that shows exactly how to do this if you are unsure. If you do need new tires I recommend tirerack.com. I have found their prices to be very competitive. Once they are shipped to you, take them to your local tire shop for installation. Even with the added installation charge I still find I can save money.
Whether it is tires or other car maintenance, keeping our vehicle running smoothly is important for all of us rideshare drivers.
Tomorrow: Check the backseat after every trip