Your tires are the most important part of your car when it comes to road safety, and to replace them is quite an investment. So, when you buy a new set of tires, you should know a few things about how to make them last. Like every other part of your car, if they aren’t maintained and used properly, they will wear out prematurely, and that can be very dangerous for you, your passengers and anyone else on the road. Here are the top five ways to make sure your tires last a long time.
Check Your Tire Pressure Regularly
Driving with tire pressure that is either too high or too low will wear out your tires very quickly. Over inflating your tires will cause your tires to wear unevenly in the center of the tire, and it will also give you less grip, caused by less road surface contact. If your tire pressure is too low, the walls of the tire will be touching the road surface, wearing the tread around the edges, and causing the tires to have less grip.
Rotate Tires Regularly
Tires need to be rotated every 3000-6000 miles depending on the style of driving you to do most. If you drive on dirt and gravel roads often, you should rotate your tires more often, as they can tend to wear unevenly on rough surfaces. If you only drive around town, or on highways, then every 6000 miles will be ok. Your front and rear tires wear differently, and every vehicle is different, so ensuring you rotate your tires according to the manufacturer or fitter’s instructions is vital to long tire life.
Regular Wheel Balance & Alignment
Tire rotation should be done regularly, and, it can benefit you greatly to have your wheels balanced and aligned at the same time. Wheels can become out of alignment over time, and when this happens, your vehicle no longer drives in a straight line. Misaligned wheels can cause uneven wear on tires and can also damage your suspension. It can also cause excessive fuel consumption and make it difficult to maneuver your vehicle properly in an emergency.
Don’t Hit Curbs
Although avoiding curbs might seem obvious, even at low speeds your tires can become damaged by curbs. Every time a curb touches your tire, the tire can become weakened or put out of balance. Hitting a curb can cause breaks, tears or fractures in your tire walls, so avoid them at all costs.
Pay Attention To Road Hazards
Road hazards are the most common cause for damaged tires, and although sometimes they cannot be avoided, it is best to try as hard as possible to not hit potholes, speed bumps, or pieces of debris on the roads.
When you’re in need of new tires or you want to have yours checked to make sure they are going to last the distance, get in touch with our team today. We have some of the best tire specialists in the region working with us.