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Anyone that owns a car knows that tyres can be very expensive. The expense is greater when you drive a car that requires particular types of tyres or trucks that need larger tyres. Taking your car to a vehicle body shop to have your old tyres replaced can be a costly affair, especially when you take into consideration the tyre costs and the price that you are supposed to pay for installation labour.
The good thing is, it is possible to ease the amount of wear on your tyre hence, extending the life and performance of your tyre.
Reducing wear level involves practising a few simple driving habits and tips that will play a big role in improving the performance of your tyres and reducing the need for constant tyre replacement.
5 steps to (really) reduce tyre wear
The first and possibly the most important step in bringing down the amount of wear on your tyre involves keeping your tyres properly inflated at all time. Check it at least once per month. It is a fact that all tyres have a recommended pressure. If you do not know the recommended pressure of yours or you want to use different pressure, it is important to consult your car tyre technician or your qualified mechanic. Both of these tyre professionals will use their knowledge and expertise to help you determine the best pressure levels. Once you identify the correct tyre pressure, regularly check it because many variables cause tyre pressure to change (warm weather, speed, loading…). Check it at least once per month.
Many people claim that adding more air pressure gives your car better mileage. Avoid this habit because by loading your tyres with air pressure that exceeds the recommended pressure levels results in more wear, particularly in the centre of the tyre that wears out a lot faster.
Vehicle alignment has a significant impact on the amount of wear that is placed on your tyre: if your vehicle is not aligned correctly, it can lead to severe tyre wear. It is easy to identify when your car is not aligned properly. It pulls one way or the other when you are driving. It excessively leads to wear of the tyres or uneven wear that significantly reduces your driving performance. It is advisable to have your vehicle aligned by a professional when instaling your new tyres.
Another thing that greatly impacts the wear of your tyres is your driving habits. Avoid peeling out from a red light or a stop sign. Peeling out causes massive amounts of tyre wear and, therefore, increases the need to have them replaced. Another driving habit to avoid is coming to a screeching halt at a red light or a stop sign: this removes the rubber from your tyre leading to tire wear. Also, practice good turning habits and slowing down before making a sharp turn. Taking a sharp corner strips the rubber from your tyres increasing the amount of wear. Check for gravel and glass because they can penetrate the tyre to cause a weak area that wears faster.
Rotate the tyres: it is important to do this every 6,000 to 8,000 kilometres but only when it’s necessary. You should check and compare the tyre wear rate between the front tyres and the rear tyres. Check the difference in tread depth between the rear and front tyres. Front ones wear faster than the rear ones: you can rotate them for longer.
And last but not least, here is a nice strategy to avoid tyre wear !