Purchasing a new set of tires isn't cheap. According to CostHelper, standard all-season tires cost between $50 and $200 bucks a piece. This means you can expect to pay around $320 for a complete set of four. But the good news is that there are ways to prolong the life of your tires, which we're going to discuss in today's blog post.
Choose Quality Tires
When most drivers purchase new tires, they choose the cheapest option available, assuming there's little-to-no difference. However, this is one instance in which the mantra you get what you pay for holds true. Premium tires will last longer, offer greater traction, and perform better than their cheaper counterparts, making them a smart investment in the long run.
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Maintain Proper Tire Pressure
Drivers should get into the habit of checking their tire pressure on a regular basis. When tires over overinflated, there's a greater risk of puncture or other forms of damage occurring. When they are underinflated, they are less efficient and thus, your vehicle will consume more gas. Check your vehicle's owners manual to determine how much air your tires should have.
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I know this is easier said than done, but do your best to avoid driving over potholes. In addition to puncture and sidewall damage, driving over potholes may knock your tires out of alignment, in which case it will produce uneven wear. And when the tread wears unevenly, you'll have to replace your tires sooner.
Even if you are able to avoid driving over potholes, you should get your tires rotated at least once every 6,000 miles. Some drivers prefer to rotate their tires when they get an oil change, simply because it's easier to remember. Others prefer to do it themselves. Tire rotation is a relatively simple process that involves jacking the car up, and then switching the tires between axles (note: you should keep them on the same side of the car).
Inspect for Damage
Last but not least, inspect your tires for damage on a regular basis. Small punctures, assuming they are in the tread and not sidewall, can often be patched without having to replace the tire. If you wait too long, though, it may cause extensive damage to the point where the tire can no longer be salvaged.