Important Car Tire Maintenance Before Holiday Travels

One of the most crucial parts of your vehicle is the tires, but those are often neglected. Before your family heads out on your holiday road trip, follow these important car tire maintenance tips. They will help prevent a flat or blow-out while traveling.

Check for Damage

Take some time to inspect the tires thoroughly. Looking for any sharp objects like nails embedded in your car’s tires or bulges or cracks in the tire itself. There may be some normal wear if the tires are old, but make sure your tires are wearing evenly.

Gauge Tread Depth

Once your tires reach a lifespan of 5+ years, it’s time to routinely check the tread depth to make sure they meet legal standards. Tire tread is especially important when the weather is bad and the roads are slick from precipitation. Tread is what generates friction and grips the road, preventing you from sliding. You can use a tread depth gauge to measure this or simply use a penny following the penny test.

Fill To Recommended Tire Pressure

Tire pressure can fluctuate when temperatures rise and fall, so it’s important to check and fill your tires before hitting the road. Tire pressure that is too low or too high causes tires to slip more easily and can cause a blowout or a flat.

If your car needs a new set of tires, bring your vehicle to the Sterling Buick GMC service center.

Simple Routine Car Maintenance Tips

Every change in season is a period to have your car checked, so fall is a great time to catch up on routine car maintenance. Not sure where to start? These simple car care tips will help ensure your vehicle in is top shape all year round.


Whether it’s hot and dry or cool and wet, keeping your vehicle’s tires in good shape is crucial to overall performance and safety. Every three months or so, you should check the tire tread, inflation, and alignment for problems. Address any minor issues before they cause larger problems.


Extreme temperatures can put a lot of strain on your car’s battery, so it’s always a good idea to have it tested a few times a year. Visit Sterling Buick GMC to make sure you car’s battery is still holding a sufficient charge.


While oil should be changed about every 3,000-5,000 miles, it’s important to check oil levels even before reaching that amount in case the level is low or there is a leak.


Windshield wipers are easy to forget about, but they are extremely important for maintaining proper visibility. If your vehicle’s wipers are cracked, bent, or damaged, always replace them right away.

Belt and hoses

You don’t have to be an expert mechanic to inspect under the hood. In fact, often a quick look is enough to see if any of your vehicle’s belt or hoses are leaking or broken and in need of service.

If your vehicle needs an inspection, an oil change, or a new battery, bring it to the service center at Sterling Buick GMC.