Get More Out of Your Tires
If you’re like most people, the thought of opening your wallet to shell out money for tires isn’t at the top of your “things to get excited about” list. Unfortunately, this is a necessary part of owning a vehicle. How often you must replace your tires depends on your driving habits, how well you maintain your tires and the type of tires you purchase. Taking steps to maintain your tires will extend their life significantly, saving you time and money down the road!
Keeping your wheels properly aligned is another step in maintaining your tires. Like with tire rotations, poor alignment can cause your tires to wear unevenly or quicker than normal.
Wheel alignment, sometimes referred to as “tire alignment,” is the act of adjusting the angles of the wheels to the manufacturer’s specifications. This helps ensure your vehicle drives straight and true and does not “pull” to one side.
Driving with poor alignment can cause uneven tire wear and with extended travel can make your tires completely unsafe to drive on. If you notice your vehicle is pulling to one side or if your steering wheel is vibrating, it may be time for an alignment.
It’s wise to have an automotive technician routinely inspect your alignment for issues.
Lastly, tire balancing is an important step to extending the life of your tires. Balancing your tires is the process of equalizing the weight of the combined tire and wheel assembly so it spins smoothly at high speed, resulting in smoother driving and even tire wear.
Over time, your tires can become unbalanced, and this can result in the vehicle shaking while you drive. Having tires out of balance will cause them to wear unevenly, meaning more tire replacements for you!