Automobile Tips & Tricks

How To Get More Life Out Of Your Vehicle's Tires

by Dwight Harris

Your vehicle's tires are an expensive part that needs to be replaced over time. Thankfully, there are a few things that you can do to maintain your tires and avoid premature replacement.

Replace Your Shocks And Struts

It's important that you replace your vehicle's shocks and struts when you've noticed that it is time. That's because this part is responsible for holding the tires in the correct position. As you can imagine, tires that are not in the right position are going to wear unevenly and require premature replacement.

Keep Your Tires Inflated Properly

Having the right air pressure in your tires is important so that the tires do not become damaged. If you have too much air pressure, it will cause the middle of the tire to sick out and wear out prematurely. If there is not enough tire pressure, then the sides of the tire are going to wear out. Having the right amount of air pressure is going to cause even wear across the tire and extend their lifespan. 

Rotate Your Tires Regularly

Can you not remember the last time you had your tires rotated? Regular tire rotation helps promote even wear across the tires since different positions on your vehicle will see different amounts of wear. Be aware that there is a specific pattern for how to rotate tires, and it depends on if you have a front, rear, or all-wheel-drive vehicle. 

Avoid Towing Too Much Weight

Were you aware that there is a weight limit for how much your vehicle can tow? This is not just due to the strength of the engine, but the amount of recommended pressure that is put on the tires to tow all of that additional weight. Make sure that you are sticking within the recommended weight requirements for towing to make sure that you are not causing damage to the tires of your vehicle. 

Check The Tread Depth

Driving tires with not enough tread on them is dangerous because it doesn't have the ability to grip the road as well and allow water to pass between the treads. You'll want to measure the tread depth of your tires to see if they are in need of replacement. The penny test is easy to do and doesn't require special tools. Place a penny headfirst into the tire, and if there is enough tread to cover up Lincoln's head, then you have enough tread to keep driving on them. Look for more helpful tips about tire maintenance to better preserve your investment.