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8 TIPS FOR KEEPING YOUR CAR TIRES IN GREAT CONDITION

Tires play an important role in the drivability, safety, and comfort of your car. Proper tire care is similar to taking care of other investments. Before we get into tire maintenance tips, let’s discuss the benefits of proper tire care.

BENEFITS OF MAINTAINING YOUR CAR TIRES:

  • Over time, you can save a lot of money by taking care of your tires, which will make replacing them less often.
  • It is also possible to reduce fuel consumption and energy costs by maintaining tires properly.
  • In addition, you and your passengers will be safer if your tires are correctly maintained.

Driving is one of the most dangerous things we do in our lives since nothing is as important as safety. To travel safely, we depend on our four wheels. Here are some tips to ensure your tires stay in great shape.

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1. Regularly inspect your tire pressure

8 TIRE MAINTENANCE TIPS THAT ENSURE A LONGER TIRE LIFE

A tire can lose approximately one PSI (pounds per square inch) per month. In cold climates, a tire can lose even more. You are potentially putting you and your family at risk if you only ask your mechanic to check the tire pressure at the time of an oil change.

As reported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, underinflated tires are the primary reason for accidents. Low tire pressure reduces vehicle handling and fuel economy, as well as damaging tread and causing a blowout. Tires are expensive, but increasing the pressure in your tires will help them last longer. You can find the tire pressure right in your owner’s manual or on the door frame of your car.

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2. Check tires frequently, especially before a long road trip

Do a physical inspection of your tires when you’re checking tire pressure or washing your car. Make sure you do your inspection on your hands and knees. You should check for cracks, bumps, and punctured objects like nails, pins, glass, and stones. If you suffer a puncture by one of these objects, you need to replace your tire.

Make sure your tires have the right air pressure before you leave for a long journey. There is no better way to inspect your tires than in the safety and comfort of your garage or driveway, instead of in front of 70mph cars.

Consider calling a tire professional in that area if you experience a tire failure while traveling.

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3. Rotate your tires

8 TIRE MAINTENANCE TIPS THAT ENSURE A LONGER TIRE LIFE

Rotating your tires every 6,000-8,000 miles will maintain even tread wear and help you get more life out of your tires. You may receive a free tire rotation if you purchase tires from your local tire store. Otherwise, tire rotations are relatively inexpensive.

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4. Avoid overloading your vehicle

You can find the weight capacity of your vehicle on the placard on your door frame. Tire failure can also result from overloaded vehicles.

It is not true that overloading your vehicle will result in a blowout. However, it would affect the handling of your car.

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5. Get new tires before they are on their dying days

You may not like buying tires, but driving on them can be hazardous after they pass their useful life.

The investment in new tires is worth it, overdriving your expensive automobile on old ones. After all, your family and your safety come first.

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6. Make sure your tires are matched

My father recently purchased a new tire for his all-wheel-drive vehicle. After a nail punctured the tire’s sidewall, having done some research, I found that mismatched tires can dramatically reduce your car’s handling and have an adverse effect on other tires, along with other components of the vehicle.

No matter what type of car you drive, it is always a good idea to buy two tires, at least for the rear. I learned that you should always change the tires on the front of your car, but new tires on the rear result in better handling in rainy conditions. You could spin out if your car’s rear tires are old.

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7. Drive your vehicle at a reasonable speed

Moderating your driving habits is an effective way to maintain your tires. Speeding up warms up the tires, increasing friction and wearing them out faster. At high speeds, road debris causes more damage or even blowouts. Extreme cornering also damages tires more quickly.

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8. Always keep a spare tire on hand

Avoid driving on a damaged tire at all costs. A defective tire must be removed and replaced with a spare until it can be inspected by a professional.

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