How to Prolong the Life of Your TiresPosted on: 23, August, 2013
Car tires are prone to frequent wear, especially if you’re commuting to school or work each day. Their frequent replacement can be very costly, especially given the fact that you have other maintenance expenses with your vehicle as well. Try these helpful tips on how to get the longest life out of your tires.
Correct Tire Pressure
Before you start a long road trip or with each oil change, it is important that you check your air pressure. This is the most important factor when it comes to prolonging the life of your tires. The recommended inflation pressure is normally imprinted on any tire’s sidewall by your tire manufacturer, but the correct pressure is that recommended by your vehicle’s manufacturer. For this information, take a look at the owner’s manual of your vehicle.
Be especially sure to check the tire pressure when the tires are cold so that you can get the most accurate readings. Investing in the right type of valve caps is also recommended in order to reduce the chances of tire deflation.
When inflating your tires however, note that an over inflated car tire results in the production of excess heat which is a catalyst for faster wear. Under inflation, on the other hand affects tire performance, leads to uneven wear and causes your car to consume more fuel.
It’s important to try to keep your tires cool as much as possible. This can be achieved by parking your car under a shade where there is no debris that could cause damage to the surface of the tires.
Proper tire alignment is another way to prolong their lifespan. This helps to avoid uneven wear to their surfaces as well as avoid an accident.
We recommend regularly rotating your tires in order to avoid your front tires from wearing too quickly. Rotation should be done to allow even wear of the front and rear tires if you intend to use them for prolonged periods.
When purchasing tires, you may be tempted to go for the most cost effective option instead of basing your decision off of quality. Avoid low quality, or cheap, tires because they will likely turn out to be expensive in the long run due to the frequent replacements necessary.
Evaluate Driving Habits
A change in driving habits may be necessary because of the direct impact it has on the way the road surfaces causes wear to your car tires. Try to avoid unnecessarily high speeds because they result to the production of excess heat which causes wear. Other habits to avoid include fast starts and stops and driving at high speeds around corners and on curves.
For more information about prolonging the life of your tires or for questions about these tips, contact your local experts at D&R Autoworks