How To Make Your Tyres Last Longer
Everyone knows that owning a car comes with some unwanted expenses. No tyres will last forever and replacing all 4 at once can be a costly investment depending on your requirements. However, there are a few simple tips that you can follow to prolong the life of your tyres.
Check Your Tyre Pressure
Regularly checking your tyre pressure is important as low pressure allows more of the tyre to meet the road, meaning more surface area to wear out. Driving with low tyre pressure can also increase your fuel consumption.
Your recommended tyre pressure can be found in the vehicle manual, or alternatively imprinted on the tyre itself. The recommended pressure may vary as a slightly lower pressure can improve drive performance, but a slightly higher pressure extends the life of the tyre. It’s important never to over-inflate your tyre as this can cause uneven tread wear.
It is recommended that you check your tyre pressure every 2-4 weeks when the tyres are cold. Warm air inside the tyre can cause it to expand, providing you with an inaccurate reading.
Excessive acceleration, braking, and sharp turns at speed are just a few things you should stop doing if you wish to make your tyres last longer, and also for the safety of those around you. Hitting speed bumps and potholes, driving on rough terrain, and speeding can cause damage to your tyre pressure and the side walls of your tyres.
There are often items in the road that can damage our tyres such as glass, sticks and branches and even objects that have fallen from other moving vehicles. Giving the road your full attention gives you the necessary time to either slow down or steer away from these items. You should regularly examine your tyres for any cuts and holes as you may have a slow puncture, leading to a flat tyre in the future.
Align & Rotate Your Tyres
Regularly rotating your tyres allow them to wear evenly, whilst correct wheel alignment can ensure proper contact with the road and will stop your car from pulling to one side when driving.
It is recommended that you rotate your tyres every 6,000 miles, or every 6 months depending on which comes first. This is a job that can be done yourself, however many people prefer to leave it to a mechanic to ensure that they carry out the rotation correctly for the vehicle and tyre types. Front and rear tyres do different jobs, so regularly rotating their placement on your vehicle evens out wear and tear and increases your tyres longevity.
Wheel alignment is always best left to the professionals unless you are a licensed or experienced mechanic yourself.
Every vehicle and it’s tyres are different and signs of poor wheel alignment can include pulling of the vehicle to the right or left, crookedness of the steering wheel or poor vehicle handling. You can also experience increased fuel consumption. Hitting potholes or curbs at a high speed can cause your wheels to become misaligned so should you experience this, it’s important to give your wheels and tyres a check.
Having your wheels aligned ensures that your tyres don’t tip inwards or outwards. Should your tyres be misaligned the tread will wear away quicker on either the inside or outside of the tyre (depending on which way the tyres tip). You should consider having your tyres aligned with every other oil change, or more regularly if you drive a high quantity of miles.
Should you have any concerns about your tyres, wheel alignment, or are looking to purchase a new set of tyres, please contact MQ Mobile Tyres today. Our team of professional tyre fitters will be able to provide you with any advice that you need and can give you some guidance on which service or product may be most suitable for your vehicle.