When you’re talking tires, wear is bound to happen over time. On the bright side, there’s a variety of steps you can take to help maximize the lifespan of your tires. Here’s some crucial tips to help you make your tires last longer.
What You Can Do to Make Your Tires Last Longer
It’s no surprise that aggressive driving habits can take a toll on your tires. Driving fast causes the rubber to heat, and more heat means faster wear. The same goes for turning, stopping and accelerating quickly. Spare your tires and ditch the lead foot.
Check Your Tire Air Pressure
It is recommended that you check your tire pressure once a month, especially during periods of extreme temperature change. To find your recommended psi, look for a placard on the driver-side door or check in your owner’s manual. Having lower or higher than the recommended psi can wreak havoc on your tires. When your tires are over-inflated, the excess air pressure causes them to deform. Less of the tires surfaces comes in contact with the road, causing increased wear along the center of the tread. When your tires are under-inflated, too much rubber comes in contact with the ground, which causes to wear much faster and possibly overheat.
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Rotate and Balance Your Tires Regularly
To get the most out of your tires, it’s recommended that you stop in for a tire rotation every 5,000 to 8,000 miles. Forgoing this step could mean cutting your tire life in half. And don’t skimp on the rotation if you have an all-wheel drive. If you have a regular commute, chances are the tires on one side are still seeing more action than those on the other.
While you’re in for your rotation, it’s also recommended that you get your tires balanced at the same time. Your vehicle’s wheels aren’t perfect—some spots are heavier than others. Driving on unbalanced tires can cause uneven wear and shorter tire life. The weight discrepancy is fixed by attaching tiny weights to the rim of the wheel.
Check Your Tire Alignment
Tire misalignment is another source of rapid tire wear. It is recommended you have an alignment done once every six months. From curbs to potholes, your tires see a lot of action in a year, and this results in misalignment over time. Just rotating and balancing your tires won’t be much help in maximizing their lifespan if your alignment is off, so make sure to keep tabs on it.
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