Your choice of tyres is a key element in your car performance. Tyres, and their quality and condition can have a huge impact on how often your car needs to stop to refuel, for instance. So it’s not only a question of vanity, but it is also a question of costs in the long term. Additionally, while you are probably aware of the essential tyre guideline, from ensuring that you get the right tyre pressure for the load your car carries to checking the tread depth – tyres are considered fully worn out when the tread reaches 1.6mm. But there’s more to tyres than what meets the eye. Looking after your tyres can indeed take you through a new journey, where you are forced to reconsider the way you drive, to look out for smart tyre wear options, to think about tyre swap, to look out for tyre repair kits and solutions, and to identify if your car is wearing your tyres more than it should.
#1. Drive Cautiously On Uneven Surfaces
On a flat and smooth road, your tyres don’t have to deal with a great deal of pressure. However, when you are driving on an uneven surface, especially on a road covered by potholes – you can read a recent article on the blog about it,
http://www.impreautos.com/auto-news/how-to-play-a-part-in-easing-englands-pothole-nightmare/ – you know that you need to change your driving style to protect your tyres. Potholes may not always be visible at first, so be attentive to unusual activities from your fellow drivers, particularly if they actively change course. Keep your speed down on an uneven surface, so that you can avoid potholes more easily. There is no need to hit the brake, as this would put more pressure onto the front suspension, consequently pushing your tyre further down the pothole.
#2. Be Smart With Tyre Wear
Your tyres wear out at a different pace whether they are at the front of at the rear of the vehicle. Indeed, the front tyres tend to absorb shocks, bumps, and heaps more than the rear set. As a result, the front tyres wear out a lot quicker. Thankfully, there’s a way to ensure that you don’t need to change your four tyres too early, and this is called the Rotation Walmart, http://www.autoserviceprices.com/tire-rotation-walmart/. The Rotation Walmart focuses on rotation front and rear tyres, accordingly every 5,500 miles or so, to maintain an even wear across all tyres. Depending on the type of car you drive, there are different rotation plans, whether crossed or straight or mixed. This method enables your tyres to wear evenly and saves a lot of money in the process. However, it’s only valid if you’ve bought a full brand new set of four tyres.
#3. Embrace Seasonal Tyre Swapping Strategies
When it comes to tyre rotation, there is another method to keep our tyres for longer, and it’s the tyre swap. Tyre swapping is practiced in regions where the winter months are cold and snowy so that each driver can have a set of summer tyres and a set of winter tyres or even winter wheels. Winter tyres are mandatory is certain countries, such as Germany and Austria, for example, and they are recommended in cold areas, such as North Wales in the UK. What might seems like a big investment – buying two sets of tyres – actually proves a money-saving strategy in the long term. Winter and summer tyres bring a different traction to the car and consequently enable the car to adapt to the weather on the road in the most effective way regarding performance and cost for each season.
#4. Tyres Can Be Fixed
Not every punctured tyre is good for the bin. In fact, if you have the right equipment at home, you can even fix small tyre puncture, following this simple tutorial. The tutorial is only valid for tubeless tyre, so while it is fast and effective, it won’t work on any other type of tyre. As a rule of the thumb, fixing a tyre puncture doesn’t take longer than a minute. However, it only works for small punctures. In case of doubt, you can always ask your local garage to do it for you.
#5. Is Your Car Putting Unnecessary Pressure On The Tyres?
The way you drive is not the only factor of wear for your tyres. Poor brakes, bad suspension, and even a lack of alignment in the suspension can significantly wear out tyres in the most uneven way. So make sure to check your car if you noticed that some of your tyres are abnormally worn out.