How to get the most out of your tires
We’re not treading lightly on this topic because no one wants to buy a new set of tires before they have to! Not only does buying new tires put a serious dent in the wallet, but not buying them when you need them could be a major safety hazard. Don’t fret! We’ve got you covered.
Following these four tips will help you maintain the safety of your vehicle and extend the life of your tires.
- Check your tire pressure monthly. It is normal for tire pressure to drop around a pound a month, more or less depending on the change in seasons. However, inadequate tire pressure could result in a decline in fuel efficiency, increase your stop radius and increase your risk for a collision.
- Get your tires rotated every 5,000 miles. This is part of the routine maintenance of your vehicle. Rotating your tires will help them wear out evenly because it is really only two that control the vehicle at any given time. The front two tires also tend to wear out faster if not rotated. Rotating them as frequently as you get an oil change will help you extend the life of your tires and ensure one doesn’t wear out faster than the others.
- Balance things out! Getting your tires balanced doesn’t have to be done as frequently as rotating, but it is a good thing to include. It is a quick and easy process that your mechanic can perform with the help of a machine and some weights. It helps fix any heavy spots in your tires that makes them wear unevenly. If your tires tend to lean to one side, the car shifts to one side when driving, or you have any sort of vibration in the steering wheel when driving, it might be time to have your tires balanced!
- Check in with your alignment! A lot of vehicles can drive fine with an alignment imbalance, but over time it will cause wear on your tires and reduce fuel efficiency. If your car drifts to the side when you drive and/or the steering wheel vibrates, that may indicate you have an issue with your alignment. Misalignments can be caused by hitting the slightest things, such as potholes, parking barriers, curbs, speed bumps, or even train tracks! Don’t worry though, it is an easy thing to adjust.
Knowing how to watch for tire wear and practicing these tire care strategies will help you save money and time in the long run while maintaining your safety on the road!