Tips to Make your Tires Last Longer
Better Tires Means a Safer Car
Many car owners think that tires are good for an average of 2 years, or maybe up to 3 years. But that is a common misconception. If you take care of your tires properly, you can make them last beyond more than just 3 years.
Here at Big Sky Collision Center, we strive to make sure that your vehicle is safe. If you want to keep your tires running for a longer period of time, and make sure you don’t need a trip to our auto body shop, always do the following:
Inspect your tires regularly, ideally every month. Look out for cracks or tears in the sidewalls. Check and monitor your tread depth. The easiest way to check is through what’s known as the ‘penny test’. To do this, simply insert a penny upside down into the tire groove or between the tire tread block. If you can see the top of President Lincoln’s head, it means you need new tires.
Check your tire pressure regularly. If you can, do it every time you gas up. Make sure your tire pressure is at the recommended level. You can confirm what this level is by checking your car owner’s manual. Remember that having under-inflated tires is just as bad as having over-inflated tires. With incorrect inflation pressure, your tires will wear out faster or wear out unevenly. If your tires are under inflated, you waste fuel unnecessarily because under inflated tires have higher rolling resistance, and this forces your engine to work harder.
Rotate your tires every 5,000 – 8,000 miles. This way, your tires will wear out at the same time.
Keep your tires aligned and balanced. Misaligned wheels, as well as unbalanced wheels do not just cause uneven, irregular and even rapid wear. It can cause accidents too.
Don’t overload your car. There is such a thing as maximum load capacity, and you should make it a point to stay within your vehicle’s limits. If you go beyond, you’ll be putting a strain on your tires, and this may cause excessive buildup of heat that can lead to unexpected tire damage.
Install new tires in the back. This applies when you opt not to change all your four tires at the same time. Putting new tires in the back will help you keep control of your car, especially on wet surfaces.
Avoid the sun when you can. The sun’s UV rays are bad for almost everything, including your tires. As much as possible, keep your car inside or under the shade when you’re not using it, particularly during daytime.
Why care for your tires?
Your tires will last longer. That’s really the whole point of proper tire maintenance, right?
You’ll stay safer on the road. When your tires are at their optimal condition, it will help your vehicle run smoothly. You’ll be able to avoid accidents that result from improperly inflated or overloaded tires, particularly because under-inflated tires can make your car more difficult to handle and control.
You’ll enjoy better fuel efficiency. Proper tire inflation is an important factor that contributes to better fuel economy. Which means that if you maintain correct tire pressure, you’ll be able to enjoy more miles per gallon. Tires last longer, you spend less on gas, and you save the environment.
Big Sky Collision Center Wants you to be Safe
Here at Big Sky, we have one goal: to ensure that your vehicle is the safest possible. By following these tire maintenance tips, you can have a safe vehicle to drive. If you do get in an accident, be sure to bring your car to the best auto body shop in Billings! Call 406-259-6328 for details.