Car tyres are made of rubber and hence they are subjected to wear and tear with usage. In order to promote their longevity, regular care is essential. Tyre maintenance is not considered until you are in the midst of a tyre emergency. However, learning how to maintain car tyres before it is too late can help you save money and increase the life of your car. Here are some tips that will help you maintain your car tyres in a better way.
Checking tyre pressure
Car tyres usually lose 1 PSI for every drop of 10 degrees in temperature. Checking the air pressure in your tyres is relatively easy. You just need to check the recommended air pressure level and fill up your tyres accordingly. Driving on under-inflated or over-inflated tyres can damage them and reduce their lifespan significantly.
Regular tyre rotation
It is advisable to rotate your tyres regularly, preferably after every 5,000 miles driven. Rotating tyres helps shift wear and tear evenly among all four wheels. Moreover, rotating them regularly also helps prevent premature wearing out and increases the overall lifespan of your vehicle’s tyres. If you have front and rear wheel drive cars, then you should take them for rotation at least twice a year or after every 10,000 miles driven.
Make sure they are properly aligned
If the wheels are not properly aligned, they will wear out faster, which means you’ll need to replace them much sooner than you should have to. If a mechanic finds that your tyre treads are wearing unevenly, chances are it means your wheels are not properly aligned. You should also get them realigned if you hit a pothole or curb hard or find that your steering wheel is pulling to one side when driving on a level surface.
Tyres must be checked for tread depth, uneven wearing, cracks and bulges periodically so that they can be replaced before they burst or cause damage to other parts of your vehicle. Also keep a watch for any nails lodged in the tyre.
Washing the tyres
Properly wash your tyres after every couple of weeks and try not to use any harsh chemicals on them. These chemicals can damage the rubber of your tyres and make them more prone to wear and tear. After cleaning, apply tyre dressing on them with a sponge or rag so that they look shiny again.
Maintain a safe distance between you and the vehicle in front while driving as sudden stops could result in skidding and accidents due to worn out tyres or bald patches on them.