7 Ways You Can Make Your Tires Last Longer

Flat-Tyre1Let’s face it, the cost of tires is not low, especially if you are buying new and not used. The price is even higher if you are buying specialized or performance tires. Fortunately, there are a few different things you can do to help make your tires last longer.

 

  1. Store your vehicle in a temperature-controlled garage. The life span of a tire will be made shorter by temperature swings, UV exposure, ozone exposure, and ice/snow exposure.

  2. Maintain your tires every 3 weeks. Check your tire pressure, check your tire’s tread wear, and check for cracks and scrapes in the sidewall. Then, address any of these issues promptly should they come about.

  3. Rotate Your Tires. Make sure to have your tires rotated every 5,000 miles. This will ensure even wear throughout each of your tires. Uneven wear can lead to premature tread wear, an increased chance for a flat, and more. At Jacks Tire Shop, if you buy four or more tires (new OR used), you get free tire rotations for one whole year.

  4. Check Balance/Alignment. To ensure even wear and longer lasting tires, make sure to have your tires balanced and aligned. You should do this when you get your tires rotated because unless you have a specialized machine, you cannot do this yourself.

  5. Avoid Road Hazards. Driving at a safe rate of speed and keeping an eye on the road will help you avoid potholes. Of course, slowing down and running over a shallow pothole is better than veering into oncoming traffic, but do what you can to avoid running over potholes and other hazards (rocks, curbs, etc) in the road that could puncture your tire.

  6. Clean your Tires. When you clean the sidewalls of your tires, you are removing excess dirt and debris that could be aging your tire, promoting dry rot.

  7. Drive Smart. Accelerating quickly, slowing down quickly, sudden stops, spinning your wheels, drifting, and fast turns are not only unsafe, they also cause heavy wear on your tires. Why do you think race cars make pit stops to change tires several times in one race?

 

What do you do to help your tires last longer?