When you invest money in a vehicle, you need to maintain all of it to ensure it last if possible. Maintenance on vehicles requires many aspects of work, and everything from the headlights to the windshield wiper blades, the exhaust system, and the brakes need to be looked after to ensure the vehicle is safe and running efficiently. When it comes to your tires the story is no different. If your tires are not maintained, they will make the entire car an accident waiting to happen.
Why Are Tires So Important?
Your tires are the only thing that connects your vehicle that can travel at high speeds, to the road. They are the final point that helps you to move forward, backward, turn and stop. Without the correct maintenance performed regularly, they lose integrity and become dangerous. The tires of your vehicle are like the soles of your feet, if they are injured in any way, you won’t be able to walk properly. Tires work the same way, except they have a lot more at stake.
What Types of Maintenance Should My Tires Have?
Tires require many things to retain their standards. Firstly, they require air pressure to be set at the manufacturer standards and based on the vehicle and load you are carrying. If tires are deflated they can make your vehicle less fuel-efficient. If tires are pumped up too high they can lose traction.
Tires also require regular balancing. The balance of your tires can go out of sync if you hit a pothole or other hard objects. It can cause your vehicle to shake, and if left too long can damage your suspension, costing a great deal to repair.
Rotating Your Tires
All the things that need to be maintained when it comes to tires impact the handling of the vehicle. One of the most important ways to make sure your tires last if possible, while making your vehicle safer is by regularly rotating them. What is a rotation of tires? Tire rotation is where each of your tires is removed from your vehicle and moved to a different position, to make sure they wear evenly. Regular tire rotation will extend the life of your tires as well as save you money and improve your vehicle’s performance. It is recommended that each time you rotate your tires, you have them balanced at the same time. This will ensure no flat spots or worn patches appear prematurely on your tires.
How Often Should I Rotate My Tires?
Your tires should be rotated roughly every six months if your vehicle doesn’t get used that much, or every 7000 miles. If you drive on rougher roads, you may need to drop that down to every 5000 miles to make sure wear doesn’t occur too soon. It’s also important to know that vehicles that are front wheel drive wear tires differently to rear wheel drive and four-wheel drive vehicles.
Tire rotation is easy enough to do at home, however as recommended it is better to have your tires balanced at the same time as rotation, so you can make sure your tires last even longer.