Tires play a very important role when it comes to your vehicle’s performance, especially when it comes to safety. The tires on your vehicle can affect it’s traction, handling, braking distance, smoothness of the ride, and even gas mileage, so it is a very important aspect of your vehicle to stay on top off. Especially, since tires aren’t cheap, and don’t seem to last as long as they used too. So what can you do to make sure your getting the most out of your vehicle’s tires? Here are 4 simple ways to help get the most life and performance out of your vehicle’s tires.
4 Ways to Help Get the Most Out of Your Vehicle’s Tires
1. Tire Pressure:
Probably hands down the most important factor when it comes to premature or uneven tire wear is the amount of air pressure you have in your tires. Under inflation or over inflation of your vehicle’s tires can cause uneven wear, damage to the sidewall of the tire, a rough ride, poor handling and traction, and can even affect the vehicle’s gas mileage. That’s right a few simple pounds of air pressure can cost you in so many ways, so I would recommend having your tire pressure checked once a month, and make any adjustments accordingly. If you are unsure of what the recommended tire pressure is for your vehicle’s tires, there are two simple things you can do to find out. First, you can find the recommended tire pressure on the sidewall of your tires (it will be a number with psi indicated after it), or you can simply find out by calling your local car dealership’s service department.
2. Rotation of Tires Every 5,000 Miles:
Having your tires rotated every 5,000 miles can prevent two of your tires from wearing faster than the other two, so you wont need to replace your tires early and in sets of two. If tires are not rotated regularly, the front tires (on most vehicles) will wear out much faster than the rear tires will, since front tires are used to turn the vehicle and affect the acceleration of front-wheel drive vehicles.
3. Have Tires/Wheels Balanced Every Year or 15,000 Miles:
When the balance of your wheels and tires is off, it can be very simple to notice. The most common effect of an unbalanced wheel or tire can cause your vehicle to feel like your driving over a rough or uneven surface, giving you a vibrating and sometimes loud ride, especially at higher speeds. It can cause your tires to feather (when treads on tire wear uneven causing some to be higher than others) and a rougher ride than usual.
4. Get a Computerized 4-Wheel Alignment When Replacing Tires and Every Year or 15,000 Miles Thereafter:
The wheel alignment on your vehicle can affect uneven or premature wear on your tires when it is out of adjustment, especially on the inner and outer edges of the tires. There are a few ways to check your vehicle’s alignment on your own. One way is when your driving on the highway or any roadway that has a speed limit of 50 m.p.h. or so, release some tension between your hands and steering wheel (allowing it to move freely but yet still have control over the vehicle if needed), and if vehicle veers to one side over a short distance than it its time to have your wheel alignment inspected your next service visit. (Note: Roadways are crowned to allow water to runoff to either side, so the left side will lean more to the left and the right side will lean to the right. If possible perform alignment check in the center lane.)
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