Many automobile owners only think of tires in two circumstances—when they have a flat, and when they need new tires. But in-between times of emergency and times of need, there are numerous little things one can do to extend the life of your tires.
Automobile owners are habitual. They get their oil changed every 3,000 miles, they get a sparkling car wash before heading on a long trip and regularly check and top off fluids. But many forget about one of the most important components of your vehicle: Tires!
These simple and cost-efficient steps can help extend the life of your tires:
- Regularly check pressure. Driving with low tire pressure—or too much pressure can cause a dangerous blowout or more wear and tear, creating a rougher ride.
- Rotate your tires every 6,000 to 8,000 miles, pending on what your manual recommends. Many auto dealers offer free tire rotations if you purchase tires from them.
- Check components such as shock absorbers or wheel bearings, problems with these components can cause tires to wear and tear faster.
- How do you drive? Your driving habits can affect tire wear and tear, as can terrain.
- Check the alignment. If your alignment is off, your tires work harder, reducing the life of the tire.
- Clean your tires/wheels. Dirt, mud, rocks, salt (winter driving)—you run over it all, clean it out when you wash your car.
Don’t tread in dangerous territory with tires that are unfit to drive on, but take small steps like these to get the most life from your tires and you will save money and enjoy a smoother, safer ride.
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