Buying a vehicle is a dream for most of us as having our vehicle gives us the freedom to travel anywhere and anytime we want without having to depend on the others. Thus, owning a vehicle not only adds to convenience but also gives us a sense of freedom. Irrespective of the type of vehicle you use, it needs to be maintained and repaired if you want to use it longer without unnecessary troubles.
It may have occurred to you that one of the most expensive things concerning vehicles are the tyres and having to change them ever so frequently is eating up your wallet. Here are a few things you can do to increase the life of the tyres so that you will not have to buy new ones for quite some time without compromising the safety of the passengers or the others on the road.
Do Not Travel Too Fast
Mostly youngsters’ love travelling fast for fun and when you get older you tend to travel fast because you have too much to get done and you are always late. However, remember that speed kills not only people but also your tyres even if you are lucky enough to avoid meeting with accidents.
As constant accelerating and braking put too much strain on the tyres, resolve to drive in lower average speeds if you want the tyres to last longer and cut the costs of having to replace them frequently.
Inflation Levels Matter More Than You Think
Did you ever wonder why vehicle manufacturers take the trouble to indicate the appropriate pressure levels for the tyres of your vehicle on the inside of the vehicle where the driver’s door fits? This is to help you to maximize the tyre life. Therefore, make sure you maintain the proper pressure levels and get a tyre pressure check done as frequently as you can depending on the usage of the vehicle. For example, if you are using the vehicle for long journeys or are carrying cargo, you may need to check the inflation levels more frequently than a person who only drives to work every day.
Check Alignment and Mounting of Tyres
Wheel alignment is important for proper handling of the vehicle. Otherwise the vehicle will tend to drift towards one side. If this happens, the tyres will work in an uneven manner making it essential to purchase new ones.
Mounting the tyres improperly also has a similar effect and may be more dangerous as the tyre may come out causing severe accidents.
Yes, rotate; change the position of the tyres after several miles. You can take the pair on the front and put them to the back and vice versa. The ideal tyre rotation mileages will be indicated in the user manual and you can also rely on your intuition. If you feel that a pair, most probably the pair on the rear is much more worn than that on the front, change them even if you have not reached the ideal mileage specified by the manufacturer.
Replace With Correct Tyres
Your user’s manual will set out the specification for the tyres. So when you purchase new tyres, make sure that you get ones with the correct specification. Otherwise, the strain on the other tyres or the new one may be too much and the weight will not be evenly distributed making one or more of the tyres wear out quickly.
By now you may have realized that you have been wasting a fortune on new tires more frequently than you should have when you could have done the above to extend the tyre life.