How To Maintain Your Car Tires

Posted on: July 6, 2016
Sustain the Correct Tire Pressure

Maintaining the proper tire pressure is crucial for ensuring driving safety as well as protecting the longevity of car tires. Tire pressure refers to the amount of air in a car’s tires, and it is measured by the number of pounds per inch of tire. Experts recommend checking tire pressure about once a month.

Tire pressure is monitored with a standard tire pressure gauge. Pressure gauges come in a wide range of options designed to fit different types of vehicles and products while remaining user-friendly. The correct air pressure for different tires rangesis based on car model as well as tire type. Information on the correct pressure can typically be found in a vehicle’s information manual.

Tire air pressure is important because it affects the entire driving experience. If tires are underinflated, more heat will be generated, which causes the tires to wear away much more quickly. Additionally, the car’s fuel economy or gas mileage is decreased because underinflated tires force the car to work much harder to travel the same distance.

Incorrect tire air pressure can cause problems with braking and stopping. This is particularly dangerous in rainy or snowy conditions and could potentially be life threatening for passengers. Incorrect tire pressure can cause tires to become uneven and worn, which causes a less smooth ride and increased unsafe driving conditions.

By regularly checking and maintaining correct tire pressure, fuel economy, safety, a smoother ride, and longer lasting tires will all dramatically increase and ensure consumers get the most for their money.

Pick the Right Tires

Choosing the right car tires is one of the best ways to make sure they last as long as possible. Selecting a quality company with a broad range of brands like Goodyear, Michelin, Bridgestone, and Continental is recommended.

In order to ensure the best product and customer service, verify that all technicians are well trained and knowledgeable with a singular mission to deliver ultimate and long-lasting quality with every tire.

Choosing the right dealer will prove to be extremely beneficial to both consumers and their cars

Keep Tires Clean and Free of Waste

Allowing dirt and debris to continue to sit on car tires can cause permanent damage both to the tires themselves and the metal of the car. In addition to protecting car tires, cleaning them regularly will also help improve the overall appearance of the car.

Cleaning car tires will contribute to maintaining better tire traction, or the hold of the tire onto the road or surface it is being driven on. Similarly, braking will be much more effective and increase passenger safety. Regular cleaning is one of the best ways to keep a car safe.

To clean tires, focus on washing them separately and apart from washing the rest of the car. Cleaners come in different forms, such as sprays, and creams or polishes, and following the individual instructions located on their labels is paramount. After the product is applied, thoroughly and completely scrub the entire tire using a bristled brush or sponge.

Next, thoroughly dry the tires with a towel or microfiber cleaning cloth. Doing so correctly will prevent rust and further corrosion of the tires. Finally, wax and buff the tires to further protect them from damage caused by UV light and maintain their longevity.

Avoid Rocky and Rough Terrain

Rocky and rough terrain is one of the leading causes of car tire damage. Rough terrain causes pressure and wear on tires, which causes them to thin more quickly and become unable to support the weight of the car. In extreme cases, rocky terrain can puncture through the entire surface of the tire or poke small holes in the tire, resulting in the rapid or slow release of all the air from the tires.

Similarly, riding along the edge of a curb or taking corners too quickly will add additional stress to the tire’s surface, and cause them to wear and tear very prematurely.

Avoiding rough terrain will prove to be financially beneficial to motorists because they will not have to replace their tires as often and will be able to use the same set for a much longer period of time.

Choosing smoother terrain and roads, and consciously choosing to drive on even and flat surfaces will provide both a smoother ride and a longer tire lifespan.

Inspect Tires Regularly

Regularly and consistently checking tire pressure is one of the best ways to maintain safety, as well as the life of the tires themselves. While driving, tires can easily be damaged by debris on the roads, such as shards of glass, pieces of metal, or other sharp and potentially dangerous waste.

Damage to a tire is not always immediately apparent to the driver, and he or she might not notice a difference or change in their travel until the tire damage is permanent. This will help control unexpected problems with tires and increase safety.

It is also important to have tires inspected by a professional at least annually to make sure the tires are safe. Some problems with tires are unrecognizable to an untrained professional, even if they are potentially damaging long term. Locate a dealer who offers tire inspection of the highest quality.

Seek out trained professional mechanics who provide honest service and keep customers coming back. A knowledgeable technician will tell you how many more miles your tires will last, andwhen feasible, will recommend patching a tire instead of purchasing a new one to save you money;will suggest tires based on the terrain and mileage you travel; and will offer free tire rotation.

Consistently inspecting tires personally, as well as by a professional, is one of the best ways to protect the life span of a tire. Regular checks help locate and eliminate unexpected damage to a tire caused by sharp objects or wear from the road, resulting in cracks and punctures to the tire. Inspecting tires will eliminate problems and ensure the utmost safety.

Refrain from Overloading the Vehicle

Each individual car has a designated load or weight capacity. This ensures passenger safety and eliminates any damage to the car. Overloading directly relates to car tires as well. If your car has a very heavy load, this puts a lot of weight on the tires and can be a safety hazard. Tires that support an overloaded car are very susceptible to damage.

While driving, high temperatures can build up, which causes severe and often very sudden tire damage.

Before taking a long trip, getting the car inspected—as well as adjusting the carload—will ensure safety for all passengers and secure a safe arrival at the intended destination.

Study the vehicle’s instruction manual to find specific instructions about weight capacity for individual cars, and prevent heat buildup that could cause danger and permanent tire complications and problems.

Monitor and Control Driving Speed

Monitoring driving speeds can help protect your car tires. Especially on highways, freeways, or less populated roads, the speed limit increases. However, people still continue to exceed the maximum driving speed, which can be very damaging to their vehicle’s tires.

Continual driving at a very fast rate causes friction and heat buildup in tires, which results in them wearing away or potentially breaking entirely. At the very least, the lifespan of tires will become severely diminished as a result of driving at high rates.

Additionally, be sure to get into the habit of accelerating at a moderate speed, as opposed to rapid and forced acceleration. This will allow tires to adjust to a new speed and prevent a sudden burst of friction. Hitting potholes or uneven surfaces on the road is even more harmful at a faster pace of driving. Going too quickly around turns and corners, as well as braking rapidly, will cause further wear and tear on tires, which leads to permanent damage much sooner than expected.

Use Spare Tires When Necessary

If you have a usable spare tire, this can help save you time and money in the event of an emergency. If a problem occurs, rather than calling for help and incurring the expense of a tow truck or roadside assistance, if you have a spare tire that is in good shape you can easily replace the tire and get on your way.

All new cars have spare tires. You should familiarize yourself not only with their location, but also the location in the car where the tools are stored that you will need. Ideally, you will have at read the car manual regarding how to replace your tire in the event you have a flat.

It is important to regularly check the inflation pressure of your spare tire. Although the spare may just sit in the truck or elsewhere, air can still leak out.

Many spare tires today, especially in compacts and subcompacts and many sedans, are not designed for long distances. Spares in modern cars often have significantly less tread and cannot handle rocky terrain or long distance travel. In fact, most spares should only be driven on for 200-300 miles, at most. These spares are designed to get you to the nearest garage or dealership where you can have the flat tire repaired or replaced.

Recognize Signs of Tire Wear

Learning the warning signs of potential damage to tires is very important to ensure their longevity. Tires are likely overinflated if there is a lot of wear on the center rims of the tire. This is because the tire is only hitting the road directly in the middle because of an excess of air.

Tires are likely underinflated if the outer treads are worn away with the majority of the middle still intact. This shows that too much weight is being put on the outer rims, rather than being evenly distributed throughout the entire tire. Having underinflated tires will decrease turn accuracy and safety for all passengers in the car.

Another important factor to look for in all tires is too much wearing on one side of the tire. If one side looks smooth, while the other is still ribbed, this shows that too much weight is being placed on one side. This is a result of improper wheel alignment on the vehicle. This is caused by the wheel leaning too far to one side, which is another sign of misalignment.

Other factors to look for regarding tire wear include feathering, or one smooth side and one rougher side; and cupping, or dips along the edges of the tire tread that are a sign of bent or dented suspension parts in the vehicle.

Knowing what to look for in your tires is a sure way to prevent permanent tire damage and to preserve the safety of the vehicle and any passengers aboard. Looking for common warning signs and addressing the problems they indicate before they become severe will benefit consumers financially, and protect themselves and others around them.

Know Tire Brand Options

Finally, know the range of tire options available, in order to pick the best match for your vehicle. Other factors to consider include the terrain being driven on, the speed being driven, and the average amount of miles being driven.

Typically, selecting all four tires at once is the best way to ensure the safety of the vehicle, as well as the quality of the ride. You will get a smoother ride and more even tread wear this way, too.

Some things to consider when purchasing new or replacement tires include brand, rating (some tires are made to last longer than others), and, of course, size.

Ensure that you buy the right size tire by looking in the owner’s manual first. Most new cars also have the recommended tire size and inflation levels on a plate on the inside of the driver’s door.

Consider, too, the weather conditions where you live before purchasing tires. You may want seasonal tires, or you may need to buy a separate set of tires for use in the winter if you live in a particularly cold and snowy climate.

Experts typically recommend buying the best possible tires that clients can afford, because tires are so essential to a vehicle’s safety and function.

Final Thoughts

Overall, purchasing the exact tires for your vehicle will improve the ride experience, last the longest, get the most for your money, and secure safety. Ensuring that you have the right car tires and maintaining them are probably the most important things you can do to keep you and your passengers safe.