Remember that the only point of contact between the vehicle and the road is the tires. As a result, the quality of our tires is critical to our safety on the road. A good tire also means the rubber is in proper condition, which improves the vehicle’s ride quality.
Regularly inspect the tire for the following:
- Uneven tread wear
- Shallow tread
- Troublemakers (rocks, nails, etc.)
- Damaged areas
- Damaged valve caps
- Wear and tear
Here are some suggestions to keep your tires in good condition.
Wear and tear
When you drive, tire wear is natural, but you can find more stress in some areas than others. Uneven tire wear can result from several factors, including:
- Under-or over-inflated tires
- One-sided wear caused by incorrect wheel alignment
- Cupping caused by weakened suspension
- Feathering caused by an incorrect toe setting (the direction the tires point to the centerline of the vehicle)
If you notice any of these issues and don’t expertise yourself to fix them, take your car to a mechanic. Uneven tire wear will shorten the life of your tires, costing you a lot of money in the long run.
Make Sure the Tires Properly Inflated
It’s a good idea to get the tire pressure tested every two weeks, including the spare. This is critical since incorrect inflation will cause uneven wear on the tire surface. When driving on roads, incorrectly inflated tires are even more likely to burst. Make sure you have your tires tested when they are still cold. The driver’s side door window and the owner’s manual usually indicate the recommended tire pressure.
Rotation of tires
Rotating tires is the most effective way to ensure that all tires wear evenly and boost their service life. The rotation of tires considers vehicle type, such as front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive, or four-wheel drive. Every 10,000 kilometers, it is recommended that you rotate your wheels.
Alignment and balance of the wheels
The calibration of suspension and tie-rod settings is known as wheel alignment. If your vehicle pulls to one side or suffers from random tire wear or vibrations on the steering wheel, adjusting your wheels will fix those issues. Unbalanced tires can also cause steering vibrations. The wheel is rotated at high speed to look for imbalances to stabilize it. Weights are placed to the rim to balance it. Every 10,000 kilometers, your tires should be balanced.