Tips to Safer and Longer-lasting Tires

August 24, 2015

Not only does your set of tires optimize your car’s performance, but regular and proper care can also save you money and ensure your safety while on the road.Here are several tire procedures to keep your tires in good, long-lasting working condition.

Tire maintenance begins with regularly checking your tire’s inflation or pressure. Under and over inflated tires are responsible for multiple performance-hindering factors such as premature wear, high rolling resistance and inefficient fuel consumption. For an accurate reading, check your tire’s inflation while your tire is cold. Those numbers on the sidewall of your tire? They’re actually your tire’s maximum operational pressure and not, as many people think, your recommended tire pressure. The latter should come from your vehicle’s manufacturer through your vehicle’s manual.

Worn tires should not be ignored. They weaken your vehicle’s traction and grip, creating poor and unsafe driving conditions. Make it a habit to check your tire’s tread depth regularly.No need to hire a pro for this one, but if your tread wear indicator appears on any portion of the tire, consider checking your vehicle in at a Bridgestone tire center near you.

Due to differences in load and steering, front and rear tires have unequal wear patterns. That’s where tire rotations come in. This procedure involves removing your wheels and rotating or switching their positions. If your vehicle does not specify a period, have your tires rotated every 5,000-8,000 miles.

Daily impacts from a rough road or from potholes on your regular route knock your wheels out of alignment. This can result to uneven tire wear and affect vehicle handling. Wheel alignment is a standard procedure included in the installment of new tires, but when you’ve hit something and handling seems off, get those wheels rolling to a tire center. A simple alignment test you can do is to drive in a straight line, see and feel for a drift or a force that pulls you to the side.

Vibration is a thing to watch out for, as well. Take it as an indication that there might be something wrong, not only with your tires, but maybe also with your vehicle’s steering system or suspension. When replacing your wheels, make sure to always have them balanced.

Your tires play a big role in maximizing your car’s potential and keeping you safe while on the go. Have them thoroughly checked at least once a month, or if your regular drive covers long distances with uneven and challenging roads, best to have them checked more often.