As much as we’d love to sell you a new set of tires, it’s better to make the ones you have last as long as possible. That’s why we’re dedicated today’s blog entry to extending the life of your tires. If you follow these three easy mainteneance steps, you’ll maximize their life and save money along the way. Let’s get started!
The best thing you can do for your tires is to routinely check their pressure. Proper tire pressure has several benefits which includes even treadwear which extends the life of your tires, as well as maximizing fuel efficiency, vehicle handling, and stopping distance. When tires are under-inflated, they create more friction with the road surface which leads to overheating, accelerated wear, and a reduction in fuel economy.
So how often should you check your tires? Well, they can lose up to 1 psi every month, so it’s best to check them every 30 days, or 3,000-5,000 miles. Be sure you have a quality tire pressure gauge and check them when they’re cool. The manufacturer’s recommended tire pressure is printed on a placard that’s inside the driver side door jam. Don’t forget to check the spare too!
The next step to getting the most life out of your tires is to have them regularly rotated. We recommend doing this every 6,000 to 8,000 miles. Scheduled rotations help achieve uniform tread wear which extends the life of your tires. Equalizing the wear rates between all four tires also helps to maintain the original handling balance of your vehicle. This means a more consistent and safe driving experience.
This may be the final step on our list, but it’s equally as important as the others and that is to have your vehicle’s alignment checked. Correct wheel alignment has many benefits, one of which is extending the life of your tires. Ensuring that your vehicle’s wheel angles are correct prevents premature wear and saves you money. In addition, an accurate alignment will make your vehicle handle better, have a smoother ride, and it helps increase fuel efficiency. If your vehicle is exhibiting any of these symptoms, you should bring it in for an alignment check right away – pulling to one side, vibrations in the steering wheel, or wandering on a straight road.
When you want to maximize the life of your existing tires, or you’re ready for a new set, come see the experts at Cardinal Plaza Shell. We specialize in fast, friendly, and affordable tire sales and repairs. We carry all the major brands too, including Michelin, BF Goodrich, and Uniroyal. You can visit our shop at 8334 Old Keene Mill Rd or call (703) 451-6232. We look forward to seeing you!