Tips for Reducing Tire Wear
Worn tires can pose a devastating safety hazard to the best of drivers, which is why reducing tire wear should be one of your primary concerns. The following tips will help ensure not only that you stay safe on the road, but also that your tires last longer and need less frequent replacements, keeping more money in your pocket.
Practice Good Driving Habits
Before anything else, being a good driver will go a long way toward ensuring your tire tread lasts. Slamming on brakes or peeling out from a stop causes an extreme amount of wear on the tires. Coming to a screeching halt, in particular, removes some of the rubber and reduces the tire’s tread pattern.
Instead of being harsh on your tires (and your transmission), slow down before making a turn, give yourself plenty of time and place to stop, and take off slowly.
Have Your Vehicle Aligned When Needed
Improper alignment causes an enormous amount of wear on tires. When your wheels are misaligned, your tire treads wear out prematurely and unevenly, which could result in you needing to replace two or more tires early.
Uneven tread wear is one of the first signs of an improper alignment, but you can spot the problem if your vehicle pulls to one side or if the steering wheel is off center when driving. In the worst cases, the steering wheel will even vibrate. The only way to correct the problem is to bring it to our service center so one of our technicians can realign the vehicle.
Keep the Tires Properly Inflated
All tires have a recommended tire pressure, and anything above or below that target range can cause damage. When your tire pressure is too low, that means too much of the tire’s surface area is coming in contact with the ground. Too much contact increases the friction between the tire and the road, causing the tires to overheat and wear out prematurely. Conversely, when the tire pressure is too high, less of the tire’s surface area touches the ground, causing the vehicle to bounce on the road. When this happens, both your stopping distances and traction suffer.
To check your car’s recommended inflation level, look for a sticker located on the driver-side doorjamb. It will show your tire information and vehicle weight restriction. You’ll need to check the air pressure when the tires are cold, meaning that you haven’t driven the car for at least three hours, or if the car has only been driven less than a mile. Checking the tires while they’re hot will give you a false psi reading.
If you’re unsure how to test your tire’s air pressure, you can leave the task up to your technician during your car’s routine maintenance.
Reducing tire tread wear is an important part of being a responsible car owner, but sometimes it can’t be helped no matter how careful you drive. If you notice your tires are looking worn, stop by Rairdon’s Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Monroe for a replacement set.
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