Tire technology has improved incredibly over the last couple of decades; nowadays, tires can sustain a tremendous amount of physical abuse, including driving over potholes & other debris and surviving rough Winters. Although modern tires are built tough and durable, tire maintenance is vital to the lifespan of your tires. New tires and tire replacements can come at a hefty cost, which is why taking preventative methods to protect your tires are so important. Here are four ways you can extend the lifespan of your tires:
Drive at A Steady Pace
If you drive a flashy vehicle, it may be incredibly tempting to reach high speeds and show off your automobile’s acceleration. While high speeds are acceptable on highways, surpassing speed limits on city streets with traffic lights and stop signs means you risk putting your car through tumultuous braking. Forceful acceleration and heavy braking can increase the stress your tires deal with and decrease the lifespan significantly. Drive calmly and be mindful of your actions on city streets.
Have Your Tires Rotated
As mentioned in a previous blog post, having your tires rotated ensures that there is equal wear and tear on both your front and back tires. We recommend that you have your tires rotated every 8500 kilometres. When you rotate your tires, they will perform more adequately, which means you’ll have an easier time accelerating, breaking and using features such as traction control and cruise control. There are many other benefits to rotating your tires, including improved gas mileage and financial savings that you can read more about here.
Ensure Your Tires Are Properly Inflated
It is imperative that you keep your tires adequately inflated; improperly inflated tires may not only damage the tires but also the body of your vehicle should a tire fail. If your tires are under-inflated or over-inflated, it may lead to troubles with acceleration, braking and overall control of your vehicle. If you are unsure of what your tire pressure should be, check out your vehicle load and information placard which is typically located on the inside of your driver’s side door. Follow those instructions to ensure your vehicle operates to its full capability.
Keep Your Car Out the Sun When Possible
Summer is here, and the heat of the Sun is out in full force. We’re all enjoying the heat and the bright, blue skies, but your car won’t enjoy it quite as much. When your vehicle’s tires are exposed to the UV rays, the sides of your tires may eventually begin to crack. Ensure that when you’re parking your vehicle in the Summer, you look for areas that are away from direct sunlight. For example, instead of parking on your driveway, park your vehicle inside of your garage. When looking for a spot in a parking lot, look for a spot that is covered in the shade. Over time, this will go a long way in preserving the condition of your