Tires are made from raw materials and machined into the items we see on our vehicles and many other items, including bicycles, infant carriages, heavy machinery such as forklifts and the like. Your tires are made of strong rubber. Although raw rubber is used in tires, a combination of strong synthetic materials is also blended to form the necessary firmness and malleability to meet vehicle tire specifications. Carbon black, sulphur and other raw materials are also used in the manufacturing process. After being chemically treated, the tires are heated and formed into their proper shape and size characteristics.

The tires are bound to your vehicle by way of being attached to the wheel rim. Until more recent years, virtually all tires were inflated with air and contained an inner tube to trap the air. Now, however, most nearly all modern tires form a pressure seal with the wheel rims themselves.

Besides the fact that a vehicle simply requires tires to operate, what is the functional role tires play on your car or light truck? Tires are designed to provide your vehicle with a firm grip to the pavement. In this regard, tires supply the necessary traction to safely and precisely navigate your vehicle, while also serving as a cushioning-style device on behalf of the wheel rim. In fact, your tires are the only point of contact between the road and your vehicle. As such, proper tire maintenance is a non-negotiable responsibility for the proper and safe operation of your vehicle.

Tire failure is a serious safety consideration and cannot be overlooked. Most tire failure is the result of under-inflation of one or more of your vehicle’s tires. Therefore, it is important to be cognizant of the air pressure found within your tires as often as possible.

Above all else, safety is the primary concern when it comes to the tires you have on your car or light duty truck. Proper inflation, adequate tread and balancing are key components of travel safety. While it might be tempting to simply inflate your tires periodically and give them a cursory look, it is truly not enough – you should have a highly-experienced, expert automotive technician thoroughly evaluate your tires for durability, tread wear, pressure and balancing.

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