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How do I protect my tires from wear?

Sep 1

What can I do to prolong the life of my tires?

This is a common question. The tread will become less pronounced as tires are used. This can lead to a decrease in tire performance. Driving conditions can be unsafe if there is not enough tread. It's easier for drivers to lose control of their vehicle if tires don't grip the road. On snowy or wet roads, tire tread depth is significant. The tread must cut through moisture and make contact with the road as much as possible. 

There are many reasons irregular tread wear can occur, and you may need to replace your tire sooner than expected. Regularly checking the tread depth of each tire on your vehicle can help you determine when it is time for a new one. It will also help you identify other maintenance needs and maximize the value of your tires and vehicle.

To reduce tire wear:

MONITOR AND MAINTAIN AIR PRESSURE.

Tires lose air pressure over time. Properly inflated tires will evenly distribute the force from the vehicle to the road. If tires are under or over-inflated, they won't be able to make contact with the road. This will cause tread parts to wear faster and more unevenly.

At the very least, check your tire pressure once per month. It is a good idea to check your tire pressure before you go on long trips or if you intend to carry extra weight. The tire pressure specifications of your vehicle can be found on a label attached to the driver's side door or in the door jam. You can also refer to your vehicle owner's manual for tire pressure recommendations.

TURN YOUR TIRES

Rotating tires is a critical factor in extending the life of your tires. The front tires wear faster than the rear tires because they are subject to more stopping and steering forces. Rotating them frequently can help ensure that all four tires wear evenly.

CHANGE YOUR DRIVING HABITS

While you cannot avoid tire wear altogether, avoiding driving habits that increase the risk is possible. Your front tires can be damaged if you take too many curves. Potholes can cause tire wear, leakage, and a problem with wheel alignment. Your tires will last longer and wear evenly if you slow down and have knowledge of road damage and other road hazards.

REGULARLY CHECK THE WHEEL ALIGNMENT

Poor alignment or a damaged suspension can quickly eat through tires. When you rotate your tires, make sure to have your alignment checked. Wheel alignment improves your vehicle's drivability and makes it more comfortable. You may feel vibrations in your seat, or your steering wheel feels out of balance. Your car might need an alignment.

These four tips will give your tires the best chance of surviving longer and help you stay safe while on the road. 

You can also visit tire sales and services to have your tires checked for premature wear. We will help you identify the problem and take care of it.