Tire replacements are often a costly investment. However, many car owners overlook the importance of taking care of their tires. Good-to-go tires for your Hamilton car are crucial for its performance and functioning as they ensure your safety on the road.
How Long Are Tires Good For
If you look it up on the Internet, you would see that a normal tire life can last for 60,000 to 75,000 miles or about 4 to 5 years. However, there is no knowing definitely how many years tires will last since their lifespan depends on several factors:
- Poor Road Conditions
Driving on poor road conditions (broken pavement, potholes, unpaved roads) or hitting curbs are major causes of misalignment and suspension damage, which contribute to premature tire wear.
- Worn vs. Aged
Driving your vehicle too often can wear out your tires more quickly. Determine the amount of wear by using a tire tread gauge or checking the tire tread with a Canadian coin. Worn-out tires have a tread depth of 2/32 inches and below. Inadequate tread reduces the traction power of the tires. This makes it difficult and unsafe to drive, especially in harsh weather conditions.
On the other hand, minimally used tires, such as the ones used on collectible cars, RVs, and even spare tires, are more subject to aging instead of wearing due to infrequent driving. While an old tire has substantial tread depth, its structural integrity tends to be weaker. Tires need to be driven regularly so the chemicals used in the rubber remain effective.
- Type of Vehicle
The type of vehicle on which the tires are mounted can affect the lifespan of your tires. SUVs and trucks put more weight on the tires, causing them to wear at an accelerated rate.
- Weather Conditions
Driving your car under poor weather conditions is likely to quickly wear out your tires as they work harder to maintain traction and control on the wet or icy road surface.
- Driving Style
Aggressive driving or poor driving habits (like hard accelerations, driving with heavy loads, and sudden braking) can significantly increase the stress on your tires, which results in premature wear.
- Neglected Maintenance
A responsible car owner should have their tires checked for any signs of damage, maintain proper air pressure, and keep the tires aligned and rotated. Failure to perform simple car tire maintenance can reduce its life by half or even more in some cases.
Taking Care of Your Car Tires
Let us admit; no matter how seasoned a driver you are, driving can put you at risk of an accident. In addition to your driving skills, you rely on your tires to keep you travelling down the road safely. Driving with old, worn-out tires can be dangerous since they can potentially cause a road accident.
If you are using secondhand tires, there are several car tire tips that can increase used tire longevity.
- Check Pressure Regularly
Every month, your tires lose about 1 pound per square inch of air, and they even lose more air pressure in harsh weather conditions.
Underinflated or overinflated tires can cause irregular tire wear. Driving with improper tire pressures over prolonged periods can also compromise the vehicle’s performance and fuel economy. Buying a set of tires can be costly, but checking your tire pressure regularly can help extend your life. Refer to the vehicle owner’s manual to keep your tires inflated to vehicle specifications.
For your safety, make sure to check the air pressure of your tires weekly using a tire pressure gauge. Simply unscrew the cap and hold the device against the air intake. Let the air flow out into the gauge to take the reading.
- Rotate Regularly
Whatever type of vehicle you have, the tires bear all the pressure. That is why many car experts recommend rotating your tires every 5,000 to 8,000 miles to reduce tread wear. Have a mechanic rotate them in the backward and forward positions to ensure efficient results.
- Good Driving Habits
Fast driving may be fun, but it can also deteriorate the tire tread quickly. Hard braking, fast steering, aggressive driving and hitting curbs can put more stress on your tires than usual. No matter if you have a powerful sports car, you should still treat your tires as gently as possible. Make sure to accelerate slowly and to slow down before you hit the brakes. Best driving practices are great for your tires and can save you from wear, boost fuel efficiency, saving money in the long run.
- Tire Alignment
The telltale signs that you should have your wheels aligned are:
- when you drift to one side while you drive
- when you notice a vibration when steering
Poor road conditions can cause the tires to be displaced from their normal, parallel position. Poor tire alignment prevents the car from running straight on the road. Having your vehicle checked for proper alignment every 1 to 2 years helps maximize the tire lifespan and performance.
- Proper Tire Use
Tires are not created equal. Understanding the tire type, its purpose and intended use can help boost their longevity and protect them from damage. Some car owners venture into challenging off-road environments with 4×4 tires. These tires are designed to be street-oriented and do not have the durability to survive in high-stress driving environments.
- Avoid Overloading
Driving an overloaded vehicle can often result in tire failure. Make sure to check the placard on the door frame for information on the maximum weight your vehicle can handle.
- Quick Change
Winter tires are designed with extra slits and pliable rubber to make them highly effective at handling slippery and icy road conditions. However, these designs can make them wear down more quickly when driving on clear roads. Once the threat of inclement weather passes, make sure to remove your winter tires and switch to all-season or summer tires to prevent damage.
- Keep the Tire Clean
Wash the tires regularly to remove the accumulation of corrosive dirt. Then, apply a quality protective product to protect them from the effects of harmful UV rays.
Maximizing your tire’s life is not rocket science. Taking good care of your car tires can ensure that they live up to their advertised promise for total tread life or even more!
Round & Around Tire Inc. brings all car owners looking for quality economy tires in Hamilton a simple and stress-free experience. We offer a wide variety of popular tire brands and services. Our staff will be happy to help you choose the best tires that match your driving needs.
Give us a call today at (905) 393-8474 or visit our tire shop at 482 Barton St., East Hamilton. You can also fill in our contact form and let us know your concerns.