I’ll admit it. New tires can be expensive. With something that costs hundreds of dollars to replace, you want to make sure that you are getting the most mileage out of them as possible.
Did you know that there are things that you can do that can increase the mileage that you can get out of your tires? Things like driving carefully, not carrying too heavy of loads in your car, getting your tires rotated, etc can all help to increase the amount of years you can get out of your tires.
Here are 5 things you can do to help you get the most mileage out of your tires:
1. Don’t stop quickly
One of the worst things you can do for your tires is to stop quickly from a high speed. The quicker you are driving when you stop, the worse it is for your tires. Stopping quickly from a high speed puts unnecessary stress on your tires and will cause them to age much quicker than they need to. There is a big difference between slamming your brakes when you’re going 55 miles per hour to when you’re going 45 miles per hour. Even just 10 miles per hour makes a huge difference on how that stop will affect your tires. So, if you are in high traffic areas where you will be stopping quickly, then don’t drive fast. Pay attention to your surroundings so that you don’t have to brake quickly.
2. Leave your left foot out of it
Never use your left foot as your braking foot. If you want to get more mileage out of your brakes, learn to drive using only your right foot. When you use your right foot for your accelerator and your left foot to brake, that causes your car to stop more suddenly than it should. That puts more pressure on your brakes than they should have. This unnecessary pressure can take years off of the life of your tires.
3. Get them rotated
You should get your tires rotated every 6,000 to 8,000 miles. Doing so will help them to wear evenly. This is one of the most important aspects of getting the most mileage out of your tires, and will help them to last as long as possible.
4. Don’t drive with heavy loads
The heavier the load you are driving with, the heavier the wear and tear will be on your tires. So, to add mileage to the life of your tires, drive with light loads as much as possible. Don’t leave unnecessary heavy items in your car.
5. Buy quality tires
Lastly, if you’re worried about longevity, then you will want to buy quality tires. Higher quality tires last longer, so start off with the highest quality tires you can afford. This will help you start off on the right foot (or tire) in the first place.
Don’t buy low quality tires and then expect them to last for years. Don’t buy new tires only focusing on cost, and then be surprised when your substandard tires don’t get the same mileage that you would expect from a quality pair. Good tires don’t have to be expensive (shop around for good prices), and you don’t necessarily have to get the most elite pair on the market. Just get a good quality pair from a brand you trust, and that can help you to get the most miles out of them.
This article was written by Nicole, a writer for AutoTechCenters.com. Their highly trained, friendly staff can help to get your vehicle up and running again.