How to Make Your Tires Last
Your tires are an investment, and like any investment, you want it to last. Extending the life of your tires isn’t just a good idea for saving you money, it can also keep you safer on the road. Whether they’re winter tires, all-season tires or summer tires, we recommend that you follow these tips and help extend the life of your tires:
1. Check Your Tire Pressure
How often do you check your tire pressure? Most people do not check often enough. Many car owners only check their tire pressure when they notice the tires are looking more deflated than usual, but if you want to extend the life of your tires, you should be checking the pressure every month. Low tire pressure can cause improper handling and can even increase wear. Low tire pressure will also dramatically increase fuel consumption. It’s especially important to check in the winter and summer months, as the cold and hot temperatures can have a big impact on your tire pressure.
2. Get Your Tires Rotated
Tire rotation is often overlooked, but it’s an important part of keeping your tires in great shape. If you have front-wheel drive, more pressure is being placed on your front tires, causing them to wear more quickly, while all-wheel drive vehicles are also subject to uneven wear. Rotating your tires ensures that your tires wear at a similar rate, rather than having one or two wear more quickly than the others. We recommend getting your tires rotated every 10,000 – 13,000 kilometres.
3. Have Your Wheels Balanced
While you’re having your tires rotated we advise getting your wheels balanced as well. No matter how new your tires are, they all have a heavy spot which can cause vibrations and uneven tire wear. While this heavy spot is hardly noticeable to the naked eye, it can have a huge impact on how your tires wear. Your trained tire technician will add weights to your wheels to balance them out, and will adjust them as necessary as your tires wear.
4. Check Your Alignment
Wheel alignment is essential for your safety. Wheel alignment can be thrown off in a variety of situations, for example, if you hit a curb, bump a parking lot barrier, or hit a pothole. While it can be obvious that your alignment is off, because your car will pull to the left or right, your wheel alignment could be off without you even knowing. We recommend that you have your wheel alignment checked once every year or so, or if you’ve recently had a small bump that could have affected your alignment. An experienced tire technician can also alert you of an alignment issue by observing the wear patterns on your tires.
5. Avoid Sudden Stops and Starts
As a matter of safety, for you and others on the road, you should drive calmly and try to avoid any sudden stops or starts. Aside from making you a hazard to other drivers, driving erratically can also contribute to your tires’ premature wear. Avoid excessive acceleration, hard braking and quick cornering whenever possible to help extend the life of your tires.