How to Extend the Life of Your Tires

Common Sense Approach

All vehicle owners have to replace their tires occasionally. Even so, it's in your best financial interest to make your tires last as long as they should. Therefore, we recommend a common sense approach to tire management. Take care of your tires today so that they can last into tomorrow. At Dave's Ultimate Automotive in South Austin, Texas, we'll give you some pointers to help you get the most out of your tires. We also offer services to help support your tire care plan. When you do need tire repair or replacement, you can count on our trusted staff for that, too.

Tips for Making Your Tires Last Longer

Although tires are consumable goods and cannot last forever, there are some things you can do to ensure that you get maximum mileage out of your set. This saves you money, of course, and it also spares you the time and effort required to purchase new ones. First, drive responsibly. If you're not a racer on a closed course track, it's neither safe nor responsible to "burn rubber." Avoid the attention-grabbing take-offs that end with jamming your foot onto the brake at the next stoplight. Not only can you accidentally lose control of your car when doing this, but it also damages your tires, shortening their usable life. Also, make sure you keep your tires at the recommended psi inflation. You'll find this information on the door jamb sticker as well as in the owner's manual. Too little air pressure can cause your tires to overheat, potentially leading to a blowout, or damage the sidewalls. Too much pressure can create a balding pattern in the center of the tread. Further, have the tires rotated and balanced on a regular schedule. Your manufacturer will make recommendations, and our technicians will be glad to help you with that, as well. Obtaining preventive maintenance services will help you avoid premature wear. That's because rotation corrects the beginnings of abnormal tread wear patterns, and balancing helps ensure that the rubber meets the road surface properly and evenly. Finally, have your wheel alignment assessed periodically or sooner if you have reason to suspect a problem. Operating an automobile with poor wheel alignment for an extended period of time leads to uneven tire wear. A worn out tire--even if only in particular spots--is unsafe to drive.

Honest Help with Your Tires

Although monitoring tire condition and checking tread wear are the only way to truly assess when it's time to buy new tires, using our tire tips will likely help you extend your time between purchases. The professionals at Dave's Ultimate Automotive will help you take care of your tires and tell you with honesty when your tires can safely go farther or when you need to replace them. Thus, you can trust us for all your tire repair needs.

Written by Dave's Ultimate Automotive