Owning a car comes with a lot of responsibility. Among those, and often overlooked, is the constant condition of your tires. Car tires are not a permanent part of your vehicle, but you can preserve your tire life.
They need attention. Sometimes they go flat, create cracks due to being too dry, or they go bald after a while of using them. Many times we forget to check our tires regularly, even when we remember to check the battery, the oil and other fluids, and even the cleanliness of the inside and outside.
There are ways to make sure your tires stay in tip-top shape, though. Even better, there are quick and easy tips and tricks to follow.
I know I said it was easy, but this tip might take some memory skill. Your front tires take a lot of abuse, mainly because they help your car turn. Tire rotation is when you switch your tires around the relieve any extra wear and tear that the front tires are getting.
By rotating your tires regularly, you are helping preserve your tire life than they would if they weren’t rotated. There are also different versions of tire rotation, depending on the types of drive your car has – 4-wheel-drive, front-wheel-drive, etc. Experts recommend you rotate your tires around 7,000 miles.
Quality helps preserve your tire life
Start with purchasing better tires. Tires made of hard rubber are much more resilient to wear and tear than those that are made of more malleable rubber. Think of a bicycle wheel vs. that of a tractor. Obviously, the tractor tire will last much longer.
The same concept applies to car tires. This is why you see larger, thicker tires on trucks than you do cars. Trucks are more apt to be used in tougher conditions. A great example of hard rubber is Ebonite, which is strong due to the high amounts of sulfur and linseed oil.
Keep Your Tires Properly Inflated
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Make sure your tires always have an adequate amount of air in them. If they have too much air, they will be prone to bursting when you drive over things like speed bumps.
If there isn’t enough air in them, they are more likely to suffer a puncture from a small nail or screw in the road. You can check your tire pressure by using a pressure gauge, and many gas stations and car washes also have machines that can check the pressure and fill your tire with the appropriate amount of air.
Tire pressure can also change based on the weather, the load your vehicle carries, and more. You can check out these charts to find the right pressure for you.
Don’t find yourself stuck on the side of the road because you forgot to put air in your tire (or you put too much). Keep a close eye on them all year round and remember that they require routine maintenance to preserve your tire life . After all, it doesn’t matter how awesome your car looks, or how tricked out it may be, if you can’t drive it.