Tires are expensive to repair, so you want to make them last as long as possible. In addition to improving safety as you drive, prolonging the life of your tires saves you money. Try five simple steps that make your tires last longer.
1. Inflate them properly.
Proper inflation ensures your they wear evenly. It also prevents dangerous blowouts and improves your vehicle’s fuel efficiency. You’ll see visual signs of improper inflation when you look at your tire. Overinflated tires wear out in the center first while underinflated tires wear out along the outer edges first.
Check the pressure at least once a month or before you start a long drive, and remember to check the pressure in the morning before your tires warm up. Find the recommended pressure on the tire’s sidewall and on the driver’s side sticker located on the door jamb.
2. Align them regularly.
If your vehicle drifts to one side of the road or the steering wheel vibrates when you drive at certain speeds, align your tires. Misaligned tires wear unevenly and make your car unbalanced.
Align the tires annually or every 30,000 miles. They will last longer, your vehicle will handle better and the fuel efficiency will increase when properly aligned.
3. Replace shocks or struts.
With a worn suspension, your vehicle pulls to one side as you drive. Worn shocks make your vehicle bounce excessively. When you replace the shocks and struts as needed, your vehicle operates safely and your tires last longer.
4. Rotate the tires.
When your vehicle reaches 7,500 miles or at least twice a year, rotate the tires. They wear unevenly if you forget, and your vehicle may shake as you drive it.
You can rotate the tires yourself or hire a mechanic. Be sure to cross rotate the tires for increased performance. That means the front left tire moves to the back right side, the front right tire moves to the back left side and the rear tires move forward.
5. Store them properly.
Storing tires is sometimes necessary, especially when you buy expensive, custom tires or seasonal sets. Prolong their life when you store them in a ventilated, cool and dark part of your home or garage. Additionally, store them upright instead of laying them down, and deflate them to half of their recommended tire pressure.
By driving at a steady rate and practicing these five tips, your vehicle’s tires last longer. You save money, reduce environmental waste and stay safe on the road.