Tires are probably one of the most important parts on your vehicle. Good tires can mean the difference between accident or no accident; they can greatly increase the safety of your vehicle during a rainy day or when traveling at high speeds. Tires replacement is very expensive, to replace all four tires can cost 100’s or 1000’s of dollars depending on the vehicle. In order to gt the most miles out of your tires it is important to do the following:
Tire Rotation involves moving your front tires to the back and moving your back tires to the front. This is done because tires on the vehicle wear differently depending on the their location. The front tires typically wear much quicker due to added pressure/resistance from steering .By doing tire rotation you are helping to distribute tire wear evenly which will get you most miles out of you tires. Tire rotation should be done every 6000 to 10 000 miles. The good news is that many tire service centers offer free life time tire rotation when you buy your tires from them so next time you are buying your tires be sure to ask about this deal.
Wheel Alignment is another auto service that can greatly impact the life of your tires. If you notice that your vehicle is pulling to one side then it might be time to do a wheel alignment. If your wheels are not aligned properly your tires will wear more on the sides (Please see picture below for reference). Bad Alignment can reduce the life of your tires from 2-3 years to less then a year so it is important to do wheel alignment if you notice your car pulling to one side.
Check Tire Pressure
Keeping proper tire pressure is very important for your tires because over-inflated or under-inflated tires can cause your tires to wear unevenly (please see picture below). Proper tire pressure depends on your car’s year make and model so it is important to know that information and to check your tire pressure every few weeks. The best place to find tire pressure requirements for your vehicle is your vehicle’s manual, if you don’t have one you can also find the information online. In addition to tire wear, under inflated or over inflated tires can reduce your gas mileage.