Tires are an expensive part of your vehicle and are ones that need to be replaced due to wear. The more you drive the closer you get to having to replace them but there are some things you can do to ensure your tire last longer and don’t have to be replaced as frequently. This can save you money and time and will also ensure your tires remain safe to drive. Here are some tips to keep your tires on the road longer:
- Keep them properly inflated: Tires that are improperly inflated can wear quicker and reduce your fuel efficiency not to mention become road hazards in extreme cases. Your vehicle will suggest one tire pressure to follow and the tires themselves will suggest another. Not sure who to trust? Stick with what your vehicle manufacturer says on the door of your car which is typically where the information is shown.
- Change tires at the right time each season: Change your all seasons to winter tires once the temperature drops to 7 degrees celsius in the late fall. Changing them over sooner means you’ll be prematurely wearing the rubber with the warmer weather. Change them back to all seasons once the snow has gone and temperatures are going above 7 degrees because again, you’ll be prematurely wearing them out by keeping them on too long into the spring.
- Rotate them on time: Your vehicle manufacturer will refer to the proper rotation schedule in the owner’s manual. Rotating them helps to ensure that they wear evenly and can help to increase their lifespan. Your owner’s manual will also recommend the proper rotation pattern so be sure that your tires get properly rotated as just switching them randomly doesn’t help.
- Replace tires when needed: Your garage will help to inspect your tires and let you know when they need to be replaced. You can also inspect your tires for cracks, abnormal wear and other problems that you might need to get checked out by a trusted mechanic. Many brands of tires also come with wear warnings on them that actually tell you when the rubber has worn down to the point of needing to be replaced.
- Stick with the same brand and model: Mixing and matching tire manufacturers and brands on a vehicle isn’t a great idea. Use the same brand and model of tire ensures that your vehicle is riding with a consistent tire tread and pattern which is the ideal situation. If you have to replace one tire, try to get the same brand and model.