Think of tires as the legs of your car. They make it possible for your vehicle to get from one place to another. Taking care of your tires can make them last longer and help your car run more efficiently. Let’s take a look at how to get the most out of your tires.
Keep Them at the Proper Pressure
Both underinflated and overinflated tires can affect the performance of your vehicle and your gas mileage. Newer model cars have a handy sensor on the dash to alert you when tire pressure is low, but if you don’t have this feature, be sure to check your tire pressure every month. To check your tire pressure, be sure to wait at least three hours after driving to get an accurate reading. Underinflated tires can cause them to wear quickly, so although checking them often may seem time-consuming, you’ll save money in the long run, on both tire replacement and gas.
When your vehicle is out of alignment, your tires will wear unevenly. In order to prevent early tire replacements, take your car to a mechanic at the first signs of alignment issues.
Rotate on a Regular Basis
Rotating your tires around every 5,000 miles, or at the interval stated in your vehicle owner’s manual, allows them to wear evenly.
Stay in Balance
Unbalanced tires lead to uneven wear and possible wheel issues as well. Have a professional tire shop or mechanic use an electronic spin balancer to make sure everything is even to keep your car driving smooth.
Choose Low Rolling Resistance Tires
Rolling resistance refers to the amount of energy needed to keep your tires running smoothly and evenly. Low rolling resistance tires will save you a substantial amount of money over the life of your car in gas mileage and maintenance.
Using these tips and staying on top of regular maintenance will help you get the most out of your tires, and the most out of your car.