How to Extend Tire Life
Tips for getting your tires to go the distance
Tires. Every car has them. Although they can often be neglected, it is hard to overstate the importance of caring for the only part of the car that actually touches the road. As we have been seeing with our treadwear testing, tires may not live up to their advertised promise for total tread life. But there are some simple things that car owners can do to ensure their tires go the distance.
Keep the pressure up. Maintaining correct inflation pressure is important for maximizing tire life and keeping you safe. Check at least once per month—when tires are cold—and before long trips. Underinflation can affect handling and build excess heat within the tire, leading to failure. You can find the correct pressure on a label in the car, usually on the driver’s doorjamb. But it’s not the “max. pressure” found on the tire itself.
Straighten out. Have alignment checked for all four wheels at the intervals spelled out in the owner’s manual, after any serious pothole bump, and when installing new tires. Improper alignment can shorten tire life.