So many drivers are unaware of what makes one type of tire so much better than another. Do you have the tires on your car that will keep you safe when driving in the rain, on hot surfaces or in the snow? My blog is all about choosing the right kind of tires for your driving conditions. You will find out what tread pattern to look for, advice for when to change the tires and even a few tips that can help you extend the life of your tires. Hopefully, you will find everything you need to know to choose the best tires to keep you safe.
Syreeta Van Der Houwen
You rely on your vehicle's tires not only to get you where you're going, but to also get you there safely. If you're not aware of the condition of your tires, it's best to visit an automotive garage to have a trained technician inspect them. He or she will be able to assess whether the tread depth is suitable or whether you'd be smart to invest in a new set. Either way, the manner in which you drive dramatically affects your tread life; you can either drive in a way that causes your tires to wear out prematurely or you can take simple steps to extend the life as long as possible. Here are three ways for you to accomplish the latter.
Keep Them Properly Inflated
Tires that are under-inflated or overinflated can wear through the treads quickly, resulting in the need to replace them on the sooner side. Fortunately, keeping your tires properly inflated is easy. It's advantageous to get into the habit of checking your tire pressure when you pump your gas; this way, if a tire is low, you'll already be near an air pump. Buy a tire pressure gauge and keep it in your vehicle for this purpose. You can obtain the proper pressure for your tires by consulting the sticker affixed to the frame of the driver's door.
Get An Alignment Job
A front end that's properly in alignment helps you safely control your vehicle, but also promotes consistent tire wear. If your front end is out of alignment, your tires will often wear irregularly and need to be replaced. You can discern if an alignment is necessary by checking the pull of your vehicle as you drive. If you loosen your grip on the steering wheel, try to notice whether the vehicle pulls either to the left or the right. If so, your alignment isn't true; the vehicle will travel straight when the alignment is correct. Visit an auto shop to get this job done and you'll be adding significant life to your tires.
Slow Your Speed
Speeding can often be tempting, but doing so will occasionally require you to hit your brakes hard to lower your speed. Each time you apply your brakes, you're wearing your tires – but when you have to brake hard, the tire wear will be even greater. Try to avoid exceeding the speed limit and you'll be doing a favor for the longevity of your tires.