How to Extend the Life of Your Tires
Considering how many places they take you, it’s no surprise tires eventually wear out. Due to how expensive new tires often are, however, it’s in your best interest to take care of them so you don’t have to replace them as often! Here are some ways you can extend the life of your tires.
1. Remember to rotate
In order to ensure your tires wear out at the same rate, be sure to rotate them every 6,000 – 8,000 miles. Some cars need their tires rotated more often, though, so double check your owner’s manual to see how often your car’s tires need rotating.
2. Keep pressure up
Tires that don’t have enough pressure not only wear out faster, but also present a driving hazard. Check the tires’ pressure monthly to ensure they are maintaining the correct pressure, and add pressure if necessary.
3. Watch alignment
If your car’s tires aren’t aligned correctly, they will wear out faster and burn more fuel than necessary. Getting your tires checked twice a year to make sure that they are still aligned properly can extend the life of your car’s tires and save you money.
4. Drive smart
The harder you run your tires, the faster they will wear out. If you want your car’s tires to last, don’t speed, drive efficiently and cautiously, and drive smoothly. Also, when possible, avoid things that put more wear and tear on your tires such as cracks, ditches, and bumps.
While these steps each seem simple on their own, combining them and keeping up with them faithfully can really extend the life of your tires. If you’re having trouble remembering when you need to align, rotate, etc., set a calendar reminder on your phone or note the dates in a planner. The better you care for your tires, the longer they will last!