Living in a hectic world, following our busy schedules and constantly having to multitask can make us forget to take care of little things like tire maintenance. Even though it may seem unimportant at first, tire maintenance can not only save you money in the long run but also ensure that you and your family are safe on the road.
How can you take proper care of tires to extend their lifespan? Wonder no more! Here are four essential tips that will help your tires last.
How To Take Care Of Your Tires
1. Track the tread.
A tread worn down to 2/32 of an inch is a clear sign that you must replace the tires; otherwise, you increase your chances of getting involved in a car crash. A Crash Causation survey by The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in 2012 found out that “there was an issue with a tire before the crash occurred in 1 of 11 crashes (9%). Issues included tread separations, blowouts, bald tires, and underinflation”
2. Inspect regularly.
Just like with all the other car parts, you have to keep an eye on your tires and check them regularly. You don’t have to do this every day, but keep in mind that you won’t always be lucky to notice a faulty tire right away. So by regularly inspecting the tires, you’ll do yourself a big favor. If you do suspect that something is wrong with one of your tires, immediately replace it with the spare one until you can get a professional take a look at the damaged tire.
Having your entire car, not just the tires, inspected before going on a long trip is always advisable to help you avoid any unpleasant surprises that might ruin your vacation.
3.Respect load capacity and speed limits.
Overloading your car will not only damage your tires but will also increase your fuel consumption. Check your vehicle’s Owner’s Manual for the load limits. Just because your car trunk can fit your grandmother’s heavy chest with dozens of heirloom items, it doesn’t mean your tires are up for the task. Try not to use your car as a place for storage. Your tires will be grateful.
Adhering to the speed limit will also help to extend your tire’s lifespan. Simply obey it!
4. Ensure proper tire pressure and wheels alignment.
Making sure once in a while that your tires are all aligned with proper air pressure can help you extend the lifespan of your tires. Furthermore, anyone who knows even a little bit about cars will agree that tire rotation is also very important. Regular rotations every 5,000-8,000 miles will reduce the risk of getting your tires unbalanced and prevent them from getting damaged quickly.
- (T)rack the tread
- (I)nspect regularly
- (R)espect load capacity and speed limits and
- (E)nsure air pressure and rotation
you will for sure extend your tire’s lifespan which in turn will save you money and also ensure your road safety. Do you know of any other tips or tricks on tire maintenance? Share them in the comments below!
Thanks and stay safe!