Tires can get expensive — fast. If you're tired of replacing your tires quickly, you may need to alter some of your driving habits. Tires will last based both on the amount of lifespan they naturally have and the way that you drive.
Inspect Your Tires Monthly
Inspect your tires every month. You can set an alarm on your smartphone or mark your calendar. One way to inspect is by using the penny test. Stick a penny in your tread; if you cannot see the top of Lincoln's head, then your tires are still fine. But if you can, then you need to get your tires replaced soon. Wear bars showing may also be noticeable, which show themselves at a 2/32 tread depth. In drier climates, this is fine, however, in rainier climates, this can be dangerous.
Get the Right Tires
Always start by getting the right tires. Cheaper tires are naturally going to wear faster, and even though they cost less upfront, they may end up costing you more as you continue to replace them. Remember, you probably aren't going to get the maximum amount of life out of those tires, and should factor your expenses accordingly. Similarly, make sure you're getting the right tires for your car — a luxury vehicle, for instance, is often heavier and may need a different tire. Your mechanic can help you decide which are best.
Lighten Your Load
Is your trunk full of equipment? Do you still have things being forgotten in the back seat? The more you're consistently carrying, the heavier your car is going to be which equals to more wear on your tires. This can also increase the amount of gas you use. Your car should always be as light as possible, and that means keeping it clean and clutter free.
Check Your Tire Pressure
You can periodically check your tire pressure by using a tire pressure gauge, which can be purchased at any repair shop. Your tires need to be kept inflated within the parameters set in your owner's manual and by the tire manufacturer. A tire with less pressure is going to experience wear at a much faster rate, as the tire isn't going to have the interior structural fidelity that it needs.
Avoid Damaging Roads
There are some roads that are just not built well. When trying to preserve your tires, you should stick mostly to highway driving and well-paved roads. When driving, avoid potholes, rough roads and gravel paths. It may not seem like a big deal to do it once or twice, but if you do it repeatedly, you're going to end up having to replace your tires much earlier than you should have to.
Get Your Tires Rotated
When your car tires wear, they can wear unevenly. If you want your tires to all last the same amount of time — thereby only having to replace and purchase a full set — you need to rotate them. Rotating also helps with your vehicle's alignment and overall health, so it should never be skipped.
Do your tires need to be replaced? Or do they just need to be maintained? Either way, Concierge Auto Repair can help. Concierge Auto Repair provides all of the routine maintenance and repairs your vehicle needs to look and feel like new. Contact us today and get a seasonal check up.