Your tires are a significant investment especially when you factor in mounting, balancing, disposal fees, and taxes. Given the expense, it makes sense to maximize their lifespan. Here are some tips for achieving long-lasting tire performance.
Regularly Check Tire Pressure
Maintaining proper tire pressure is crucial. Underinflated tires wear unevenly and reduce fuel efficiency due to increased rolling resistance. This resistance generates excess heat, which can damage the tire’s internal structure and shorten its lifespan. Even a slight underinflation of 5-6 pounds can reduce tire service life by 25 percent.
Rotate Your Tires
Vehicles do not have even weight distribution from front to rear. The engine places more weight over the front wheels, leading to uneven tire wear. Rotating your tires regularly helps distribute wear evenly. Typically, tire rotations should be done every 6,000 miles, often performed alongside an oil change since the vehicle is already elevated.
Check Wheel Alignment
Improper wheel alignment causes front tires to wear unevenly and can result in a persistent pull while driving straight. Pay attention to signs of poor alignment, such as uneven tire wear, and have an alignment performed if needed.
Sensible driving practices can significantly extend tire life. Avoid hard cornering and wheel spin when taking off.