When you’re speeding down the road, the only contact you have with the road is your tires, so you better believe that they are a very important aspect of driving safety. Taking the right measures will not only keep you and your family safe, but it will also save you money in the long run. In this article, we at Estbnh will try to cover the basic ways where you can maintain your tire to make it live longer, handle better and save you fuel.
At least once a month, check your tire pressures, preferably when the tires are overnight cold, or when it has been at least 6 hours since the vehicle was driven. Don’t just visually inspect it for normal inflation. You can’t tell the difference between a properly inflated tire and one that’s even 10 psi under. That’s because some tires always look underinflated and some have stiff sidewalls and always look normally inflated. Normal air pressure depends on the tire specification label, which usually is on the driver’s front doorjamb.
The label will show you the recommended tire size to install on your car, and the operational cold tire pressure, which is the pressure of the tire when it hasn’t been driven for at least six hours. Each car will have different specifications and we recommend that you follow these specifications for optimal performance. If the vehicle manufacturer specifies a pressure range, such as a minimum and a maximum, always use the maximum. If it doesn’t specify a range, then the highest we recommend is going no more than 3 psi above the recommended cold tire pressure. The higher the pressure, the greater the load-carrying capacity of the tire, the more stable the vehicle’s handling will be, and the cooler the tire will run at speed.
The key to tire safety is adequate pressure to carry your vehicle’s load. Although higher tire pressures stiffen the ride somewhat, it’s a small price to pay for the extra safety and the ability of the vehicle to accommodate greater loads. Maintaining proper tire pressure also improves fuel economy. Take caution though no to over inflate, as over inflation causes center tread wear.
Rotating your tires is also crucial in maintaining an even amount of treadwear on all 4 tires. That prolongs the life of your tires, leads to improved fuel efficiency and a smoother more comfortable ride. Regularly rotating your tires can also prolong the life of your vehicle’s suspension components by reducing vibrations. Your car’s owner’s manual should tell you how often you should rotate your tires and at what pattern.
If you aren’t into specifics though, we would recommend that you rotate your tires every 10,000 Kilometers, that should keep them wearing evenly. The standard pattern is to move the front tires straight to the rear, and move the rear tires to the front, but cross them over (so that the right rear ends up on the left front). The reverse pattern (rear to front, front to rear with a crossover) is also common. You can also simply make an X pattern. The exact pattern isn't really that important if you're consistent each time you rotate the tires. Just make sure every tire spends some time at each corner of the car. With every tire rotation, you should also make sure your wheels are aligned, as this is also important for even tread wear on your tires.
Tread on your tires is inevitable, you can slow it down by maintaining proper tire inflation, and you can spread it equally along the tire with periodic rotation and wheel alignment. This may all seem like extra effort, but the benefits of regularly maintaining your tire are undeniable.