Regular golf cart tire maintenance is an important way to keep your golf cart healthy and running smoothly.
Golf Cart Tires are similar to normal vehicle tires, but are smaller and have special treads to allow them the ability to drive over the different terrains that make up a golf course and other off-road locations. Although they are smaller, golf cart tires require similar care to that of regular vehicle tires.
How long your golf cart tires will last depends on the frequency of use, the weight of your loads, your driving speeds, and the conditions in which you drive. You can always check your tires for wear and there are some easy indications to look for when deciding if your tires are due for maintenance.
Check Tire Pressure:
It is wise to check regularly for adequate tire pressure. Typically the tire pressure for golf carts falls between 20-22 lbs per square inch – but check your manufacturer’s recommended levels to be sure. Proper tire pressure is necessary for keeping your tires in good shape.
Too little pressure will cause the tread of your tires to wear down prematurely. If you are using your golf cart off-road, then a little less tire pressure will give you more traction – but more frequent check-ups on tire wear is recommended.
Too much pressure will cause the internal tire to wear down. Also, too much pressure in your tire will lessen the traction that your tires get on the ground – this could be potentially dangerous if you are riding on slick or icy surfaces.
If using your golf cart for regular on-road driving, then proper tire pressure is suggested – not too much and not too little.
Watch Your Speed:
Standard golf cart tires are designed to handle standard golf cart speeds. They are not made to withstand the high speed and abuse that regular vehicle tires experience.
If you are planning on driving your golf cart at higher speeds than are recommended, then you should consider purchasing custom golf cart tires that are made to withstand higher speeds. This will reduce the wear on both your tires and your golf cart.
Notice Tire Irregularities:
Checking the sidewalls of your tires is a good habit to form. If you notice some irregular bumps, this may be an indication of internal wear and could mean that it is time to change your golf cart tires. It is best to resolve noticeable bulges and irregular swelling as soon as possible because ignoring these red flags may lead to a blown out tire.
The Penny Test:
The Penny Test can give you a good gauge on your tire wear if you don’t notice any obvious irregularities but would still like to see how much wear your tires are experiencing. Take a penny and place it into a groove of your tire. The deeper the penny is, the more tread your tire still has. The more the penny is exposed, the more worn down your tire tread is.
Checking the health of your tires every now and then only take a few minutes. Proper tire maintenance will ensure the best traction and handling for your ride, which translates into longer, smoother, and safer driving.