Tire maintenance & safety
Anyone that owns a car knows that tires can be expensive. This is especially so for vehicles that require a special kind of tire, or trucks that have larger tires. Having to take your vehicle in to have new tires put on can be a costly endeavor when you take into consideration the cost of the tires themselves as well as the price you have to pay for the labor of having them put on.
Fortunately, it is possible to reduce the amount of wear that is placed on your tires and extend the driving time you will get from them. Practicing a few simple habits will greatly help to improve the life of your tires and reduce the need for continually having your tires changed.
One of the most important things that you need to do to reduce tire wear on your vehicle is to keep tires properly inflated. All tires come with a recommended tire pressure. If you are unsure of what this pressure is, or whether you need to use a different tire pressure, you can ask a qualified mechanic or car tire technician to assist you with determining what your correct tire pressure is.
Once you know what this pressure is, it is very simple for you to routinely check the tire pressure on your car. There are many variables that can cause tire pressure to change, so you should make it a habit to check your tire pressure regularly, preferably once a week or so.
It is also important to make sure that your vehicle is aligned correctly, as this can also cause tire wear. A person can usually easily tell if their car is out of alignment, as it will pull one way or the other when driving.
Not having your car aligned correctly can cause excessive wear of the tires and will also cause uneven wear to tires that can reduce your car's driving performance. You should always have your car aligned when you have new tires placed on your car and you should have the car alignment checked every few months to ensure that it is still aligned correctly.
Practicing good driving habits will also help to reduce tire wear on your vehicle. Do not "peel out" from a stop sign or red light. This causes an extreme amount of tire wear and will increase the need to have new tires placed on your vehicle.
Furthermore, do not come to a screeching halt at a stop sign or a red light, as this also removes the rubber from your tires and causes a great deal of tire wear. Practice good turning habits as well, as slow down before you make a turn in your vehicle. Turning a corner too quickly will also strip rubber from your tire and increase the amount of wear on your vehicle's tires.
By practicing these few habits, you will easily be able to increase the life of your car's tires and help reduce the amount of wear that is placed on them.
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