If you plan to buy a new tire anytime soon, be prepared to dig deeper into your pockets as the prices are expected to rise. Thus, making tires last longer is more important now that ever. How do you do that?
Experts in this field belief that there is a direct relationship between your driving habits and your tires life span. Thus, driving habits like over speeding, making abrupt quick stops, driving on rugged terrain like potholes, significantly reduces your tires life span. Driving under such conditions increases the heat generation which increases the wearing out of your tires hence improving your driving habits to boost your tires life span.
Constantly checking your tires pressure is another way of increasing life span. Weekly pressure check or if possible checking your tires each time you stop at gas station is important because it ensures you always get good mileage while increasing their life span. Thus, get a tire pressure gauge and check your tires preferably before starting your day. If your car has tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS), it will alert you when the pressure is low with some more advanced ones giving you the pressure reading for each tire. Checking your pressure ensures that the surface of your tire touching the road is not more that what the manufacture had intended to while designing which in turn reduces the wear surface.
Another good tip to improving tires lifespan is conducting a visual examination to see if there are any cuts. Remember, you are not driving on perfectly smooth roads, thus it is possible to encounter sharp objects like nails which cause cuts on your tires. If you happen to spot any cuts, don’t wait until you have a flat tire to repair, but instead repair any small cuts or if the holes are larger, replace the tires.
Tire rotation is another simple way of making tires last longer. Tire rotation is important for ensuring there is a uniform wear and tear in all your tires. Remember, the rate of wear of front tires is different from rear tires same to right and left tires. Thus, remove and relocate each tire preferably after driving more than 6000 miles or when getting an oil change. Tire rotation can be done at home if you have the right tools or have it done by a mechanic.
Wheel alignment is another important feature of tire maintenance. Wheel alignment ensures that your tires are perpendicular to the ground and parallel to each other and only a mechanic can make that happen. Signs of uneven thread wear patterns or off angles indicate improper alignment and thus you need proper alignment.
With this information, it is easy to see why your last tire didn’t last long. Hence, use these tips to increase the lifespan of your current tires.