10 Tips To Make Your Car Tires Last Longer

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All car drivers fear the day when their tires give out and they are stuck on the side of the road, waiting for help. After all, tires are one of the most essential parts of a car, and without them, the car wouldn’t even be able to move! Therefore, it is crucial for your tires to keep running. Some tips to ensure that optimize your tire performance include:

  1. Check your tire air pressure monthly – Every month, tires lose an average of one pound per square inch (PSI). During winter, cold temperatures reduce PSI, and during summer months; warmer temperatures increase PSI. Most cars should have between 32-35 PSI.
  2. Rotate tires every 5000 miles – Cars are either front wheel, where the front two wheels wear quickly, rear wheel, where the back two wheels wear quickly or all-wheel drive, where the wear is uneven. A technician can rotate the tires to different positions to ensure that different tires wear differently giving others rest. This leads to longer lasting tires.
  3. Balance wheels – Every wheel has a heavy spot in it, the difference being measured in mere ounces. That difference will eventually lead to vibration and tire wear. A mechanic can balance out the wheel using a machine and weights, saving you a new tire.
  4. Check alignment twice a year – Wheel alignment reduces tire wear and ensures that the vehicle travels straight. You can tell the alignment is off when your car drifts right or left or the steering wheel shakes/vibrates.
  5. Reduce top speeds – Higher speeds tend to generate more heat and accelerate tire wear. Increasing speed by 20 mph can cause up to 20% more tire wear. The drop is consistent as the speed of the vehicle increases. 
  6. Replace tires with matching ones – There are times when you get a flat tire and you need to immediately get your tire replaced. It is suggested that you should aim for no more than 2/32-inch tread depth difference between duals. Also, look for similar designs to ensure that no one tire is put under more duress.
  7. Be aware of road hazards – It is common sense that sharp objects such as nails and glass on roads can damage tires. However, not many people know the effects of large potholes, uneven pavement or driving into a curb. One side of the tire will take the brunt of the impact, leading to wear.
  8. Check and replace worn wheel and suspension components – A wheel bearing that is not properly torqued can cause irregular tire wear. Worn shock absorbers can create depression wear on treads. People often wait until these components are obviously broken or leaking to replace them. However, by then the damage is already done.
  9. Occasionally take a look at your tires – The easiest way to stretch out tire life is to learn to “read” tires. This means you inspect your tires for small damage occasionally. Eventually, this damage builds up and the tire is irreparable. 
  10. Keep your tires clean – You may believe that tires are supposed to withstand debris. However, that is not completely true, Gravel and sand get stuck in the treads of the tire, and eventually they cause tire wear.