Nice car tyres can be expensive, but they are an investment into your vehicle's safety. The right tyres also make it possible to navigate a range of terrain and road conditions effectively. Want your tyres to last as long as possible? Take a look at these essential tips:
1. Rotate Regularly
Tyres in different positions on your vehicle are subjected to different amounts of wear and tear. That can cause some tyres to wear down more quickly than others. If you want all the tyres to age at the same speed, you need to get them rotated on a regular basis. Your car service professional can let you know the right schedule based on the type of tyres you have and how often you drive.
2. Make Sure Tyres Are Aligned
In addition to rotating your tyres, make sure to get them aligned on a regular basis. When tyres aren't aligned correctly, one side of the tyre wall wears down faster than the other sides. As a result, you may be stuck buying new tyres even though a lot of the tread is still in good working order.
3. Check the Tyre Pressure
Tyre pressure is extremely important. If your tyres are over or underinflated, they will get worn out prematurely. If your car has a gauge that lets you know when the tyre pressure is off, pay attention to those signals and adjust the tyre pressure accordingly.
If your car doesn't have a built-in pressure sensor, you may want to check the pressure manually with a gauge. Most tyres have the target air pressure noted on the side so it's easy to see what pressure you need.
4. Drive the Speed Limit
This is especially important in residential or commercial areas where they may be a lot of speed bumps. If you hit these obstacles whilst driving over the speed limit, that can have an adverse effect on your tyres. In a worst-case scenario, they may even pop.
5. Store Carefully
If you use different tyres throughout the year, you need to make sure that you store the unused tyres carefully. To that end, don't store them in direct sunlight—the UV rays can degrade the rubber. Also, if you have the tyres set down, make sure to rotate them into different positions. That way, the part touching the pavement or garage floor doesn't wear down before the rest of the tyre.
Contact a local car service for more information and assistance.