How You Can Extend the Life of Your Tires

Tires can be one of the most expensive parts to get on your car since they not only require the cost of the replacement but balancing and rotating as well. However, with proper maintenance and care, you can help to increase the lifespan of your tires and here's how.

Basic Upkeep

According to Schnipper Law, three out of four people don't know how to tell if a tire is worn out and four out of five don't know how to check their tire pressure. Tires that are often neglected can lead to expensive repair bills whereas regular upkeep can help tires to last a long time. It is important to check the tire pressure regularly as it not only helps the tire perform well, it also helps to prevent blowouts as well. Your tires should be rotated every few thousand miles as well, depending on the amount you drive.

Regularly Inspect

You must remember that your tires can be greatly affected by changes in temperature and so you should have them checked at least bi-annually. Make sure that your tires are properly aligned as well as this will help preserve the life of your tires as well as ensure that your vehicle is driving correctly. It is always a good rule of thumb to check your tires before any trip to ensure proper inflation and even wear on the tread. Having a tire inflation gauge in your car at all times will make sure your tires are properly maintained during long road trips. Also, make sure you regularly check the spare tire as well. There is nothing worse than having to use the spare and finding out that it’s deflated.

Stop Easy

Let's not forget that your tires work hand in hand with your brakes. Therefore, whenever you are stopping short, or even speeding off, these things are hard on your tires. The more friction between the ground and your tires means the more wear and tear they will experience. Avoiding tire screeching due to quick starts is blatantly simple...don't do it. However, there are a couple of ways that you can avoid having to stop short when driving. The first is by paying attention to the road and surrounding areas so that you can prepare to stop if there is something up ahead such as an accident. The other is to not tailgate other drivers so that you have plenty of time to stop if the other driver brakes unexpectedly.

By practicing regular maintenance of your tires such as checking the tire pressure and keeping them rotated, you can add so many extra miles to the life of your tires. The cost of tires is not very cheap and depending on the vehicle you drive; your tire costs may be in the thousands. Therefore, it only makes sense that you do your best to make sure your tires last as long as possible.

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