We tend to view our car’s tires as non-perishable items. The reality is, however, they are perishable, wearing just a bit every day. Each day we travel, we are leaving a bit of our tire’s rubber on the roads. Let’s face it; tires are pretty expensive so you want to get the most you can out of them. Here are some tips to help you get longer wear from your tires.
One of the easiest steps you can take, to keep your tires around longer, is to inspect them regularly. A good
time to do this is when you wash your vehicle or when you are getting a fill-up. Check the tires closely, looking for unusual signs of wear or foreign objects that may become lodged in them. There are multiple potential causes for unusual wear and your auto shop can help determine the cause. Remember, it’s hard to know if you have a developing tire problem if you don’t look. Make inspecting your tires part of a regular routine.
Tire gauges are an inexpensive tool that can help your tires last longer. Keep tires inflated to proper manufacturer suggested levels of pressure. Keep in mind, that your tires’ PSI is listed as a maximum. Over pressurizing your tires can cause as much wear as having them under-pressurized. There is a bonus to keeping your tires properly inflated; improved gas mileage.
Tires should be rotated and balanced at least every 1,000 miles. Because front tires tend to wear out faster than rear tires, rotating them helps them wear more evenly. Keeping them in balance can prevent vibration and also prevent excessive and unnecessary wear. The good news is that most tire shops will rotate and balance your tires at no charge if you purchased them there. Many car owners overlook this relatively simple but important process.
Using a tire protectant can keep tires from prematurely cracking due to ultraviolet rays of the sun and extreme temperatures. Tire protectants are inexpensive and will help the looks of your car. Apply protectant after each washing. This is especially important if your car will be sitting in one place for a long period of time or if you regularly park your car outside for an extended period of time.
While many people believe that tires will only get out of alignment when hitting a curb or potholes, the reality is everyday driving can gradually get tires out of line. This is why it is a good idea to have your alignment checked at least once a year. Misalignment of tires is one of the major causes of tire wear.
One of the ways you can improve the lifespan of your tires is by paying attention to how you drive. Slow down when you are driving on rough roads and for potholes. Avoid excessive acceleration and braking. Don’t take corners, while driving, fast. Your tires are in a daily battle between concrete and asphalt. Don’t give the roads any unnecessary advantage.
You can improve the life of your tires appreciably with a little TLC. At Ken’s Automotive & Transmissions, we have made car care our life’s work. We offer a full range of auto services including tires, wheel alignments, and tire rotation and balancing. We are proud to serve the Frederick, MD area and would be pleased to be your Total Car Care Center. Let us help you get the most out of your tires at Ken’s Automotive & Transmissions.
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