We all want out tyres to live long and healthy lives, so we have come up with a bunch of helpful tips to get you on your way to having tyres with long lasting lives. All drivers know the cost and expenses associated with replacing a vehicle’s tyres. While we haven’t reached the stage where tyres will last forever, it is possible to extend the life of your tyres with a few simple tricks. By following a regular tyre maintenance routine, you can save time, effort and money and keep you, your passengers and other drivers safe on the roads.
You should make sure that you are checking your tyre pressure every 3000 miles to keep your car running smoothly and evenly, which would in turn save the amount of fuel you use. If is important to remember the manufacturer’s recommendations, you should wait for your tyres to be cool before inflating or delating. If you are unsure as to what level you’ll need to inflate by you can refer to your owner’s manual for an accurate number. While checking out your tyres you can also check the rotation to see if rotation is needed.
Most car dealerships do not emphasise the importance of having the correct tyre pressure. Improper air pressure in tyres can lead to a multitude of problems, from uneven and faster wear and tear to structural damage, tyre failure, loss of steering control and more. Keeping your tyres properly inflated can improve fuel mileage and save you money on fuel in the long run. Tyre specialist recommend checking your tyre inflation monthly or before a long trip, the tyres should be inflated to the vehicle manufacture’s recommendations printed on the door of the car.
Bad driving is another common factor that affects the lifespan of your tyres. Braking harshly and accelerating too quickly could have a detrimental effect on the lifespan of your tyres. Drivers should also be careful when driving over speed bumps and avoid driving too quickly over curbs as that will also cause damage.
There are many hazards such as potholes on today’s roads that drivers need to be careful on. To avoid inflicting damage on your tyres, you should also try to avoid these hazards where you can. If you are unable to avoid then, you should then try to slow down when driving over damaged areas to limit the damage being caused to your tyres. Hazards such as potholes will damage the sidewalls of your tyres if you drive over them at speed so this should be avoided at all costs.
Another way to increase the lifecycle of your car tyres is to make sure that you are regularly checking the tread on all your tyres. You should aim to have above the legal minimum (1.6mm) tread on your tyres always so you don’t lose traction when driving and expose your tyres to excessive strain.