Your tires are one of the single most important parts of your vehicle. The tires on a vehicle are the only contact it has with the road, so it’s important to look after them!
Tires undergo a lot of wear in their lifetime, being subject to all kinds of bumps, scrapes and knocks. If you don’t want to spend out on a new set of tires any time soon, the best defence is to take steps to make them last longer.
Over time our tires can lose performance and require replacing sooner if they are not properly looked after. Did you know that misaligned or poorly insulated tires can even affect your MPG?
As one of the most important aspects of your vehicle maintenance, it’s essential to understand how to make your tires last longer to save money and keep you safe.
How to Make Your tires Last Longer
Follow these tips to increase the lifespan of your tires and save yourself some money!
Don’t Ignore Bumps and Knocks
Hitting a curb or bump in the road can cause more damage than you might think. When you hit a curb or a pot hole it can knock your wheels out of alignment, putting strain on your tires. If you notice that your vehicle pulls to one side, vibrates it may require wheel alignment. This will ensure that your tires are all pointing at the same angle and help to keep them lasting longer.
Check Your Tire Pressure
Every vehicle owner should know the right tire pressure for their vehicle. Tire pressure can change from one week to the next, because of this it is important to keep it properly inflated.
Incorrect tire pressure can have a number of effects on your vehicle. It can cause your tires to wear and reduce their lifespan, furthermore it can affect your fuel consumption, wasting more fuel than you need to!
If you want to make your tires last longer you should check your tire pressure at least once every 2 weeks. Always check your tire pressure when the tires are cold and make sure to check the owners handbook for the correct tire pressure level for your vehicle.
Rotate Your Tires
Your front and rear tires wear different from one another for a number of reasons. The weight of the engine puts a lot of pressure on the front tires for example. By rotating your tires you enable the tires to wear more evenly which can help them to last longer.
As a general rule your tires should be rotated every 6000 or so miles. You can schedule a tire rotation at the same time as your oil changes as the car is already in the right position.