Preventative Care For Tires

Your tires can last a long time with the right preventative maintenance. Here are some tips to enable you to use your tires for an extended time. 

Check the Pressure Regularly

Keeping your tires full can save you from replacing them too early. The tires will have a stated range of air pressure where they operate most efficiently. Let your tires get too low on air pressure, and you risk doing damage to the wheel itself or having a blowout. The tire can take on too much stress if it's overinflated though, as well. And if your tires have uneven pressure on each side of the car, it can affect the trajectory of the car. 

You may be able to check the tire pressure for free at a gas station, or you could by a pressure meter to check tire pressure on a regular basis. Be sure to air up the tires when their pressure range falls outside of the norm, or if the tires have highly uneven pressure. Your auto repair technician can also do this during your regular auto checkups. In some cases, rotating your tires from the front to the back can also help to even out the wear on them and help to make sure the tires hold pressure equally. 

Purchase a Spare Tire

Another thing that you can do to prevent tire emergencies is to purchase a spare tire; many auto service centers have tires for sale for this purpose. On top of that, be sure that you know how to install it if your car breaks down on the side of the road. Spare tires are only meant to get you through an emergency situation; driving your car regularly with a spare tire that's much fresher than the others could lead to a blowout on another tire. Instead, if you experience a flat tire, use the spare to get you to an auto repair shop, and then swap out the whole set. You can then save the same spare tire for another rainy day.

Look for Scratches and Holes

Sometimes, you can catch problem spots on your tires early on to reduce the chances of a tire popping. Even if a nail hit one of your tires and didn't completely puncture it, any kind of tears in the tire's material are weak points where an impact could cause the tire to pop. You should check on the tires regularly to look for smaller pin pricks or scratches. If you notice anything, visit a tire repair shop to see if the tire should be replaced.