Part of the Road Trip Rules Series
Tyres wear down over time and there is no getting away from the fact. Unfortunately, there is no method which will mean that a set of tyres will go on, mile after mile, forever. However, there are a number of things that travelers can do which will mean that their tyres are not worn down unnecessarily.
Since the cost of replacing tyres is never something that car owners welcome, preserving them for as long as possible makes a lot of financial sense, though there are other benefits that are associated with keeping your tyres in good condition which ought to be factored in as well.
Adjust your Driving Style
Don’t pull away with your foot to the floor. Even if you don’t dump the clutch and hit the accelerator so hard that you wheel-spin when pulling away, a heavy approach to getting a vehicle moving puts unnecessary pressure on your tyres.
Sometimes, for instance if you are driving a fully laiden van and need to perform a hill start, there is no getting away from revving hard. However, at most times you should pull away in a more regulated manner and get into second gear sooner rather than later.
Simply adjusting your driving style in this way will help to preserve your tyres.
Check Tyre Pressure
Another common way of getting the best from your tyres is to keep them under the correct pressure. It has been observed that under inflated tyres have greater chances of wearing down more quickly.
According to Point-S, a tyre dealer network in UK, tyres can lose pressure without it being easy to detect, so using a pressure gauge is advisable. Not only do under pressure tyres wear quickly, but they also make it harder to steer and brake, so keeping them topped up means you drive more safely, too.
It is also worth noting that under inflated tyres are less economical to run and you end up using more petrol per mile travelled if you don’t pump them up.
Wheel Balancing & Alignment
Avoiding obstacles is always a good idea when driving, but even small bumps in the road can cause problems. Potholes, sleeping policemen and kerbs can all be hit which means that the wheel alignment becomes out of place.
The unwanted outcome of poorly aligned wheels is that one set of tyres will tend to wear down more rapidly than other. Sometimes, just the outer rim of a tyre becomes worn due to the lack of alignment, but this means that the whole tyre needs to be replaced.
If you cannot avoid a bump or two on your journeys on the road, then take the time to have the wheel balance checked professionally once in a while.
When you replace a tyre on your car, it is infrequent that you will need to swap all four. If you want to get the best from a rear set of tyres, for example, then sometimes it makes sense to move them to the front of the car when swapping a pair, especially for front-wheel drive vehicles.
Rotating your tyres like this can mean that you spend less on tyre replacement over time.
According to the AA, replacement tyres do need to be compatible with those already fitted to your vehicle, but there is no need to have them all made by a single manufacturer if you don’t want to.
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