A good pair of tires can only go so far. You need to make sure all the working parts of your car go toward protecting them. How do you achieve this?
As a car owner you’re deeply familiar with the necessity of vehicle maintenance. It’s a necessary part of looking after your investment, from oil changes to swapping out a broken taillight. Tires, however, take a little more work than just fitting in a new winter tire set. Everything from how your tires are aligned to the type you buy factor into their durability. Whether you’re a new car owner or a long-time owner, the list below will give you the refresher you need.
Your tire shop is a one-stop location for all things related to maintenance. Here are five things you should have done by the end of 2019.
Ask Your Tire Shop About Tire Alignment Services
Something you should be doing at least once a year is tire alignment. This makes sure that equal stress is put on each tire, helping keep all of them in working order equally. Failing to do so can see you getting a flat tire prematurely — a tire that has lost 20% of its air can still appear to be fully inflated to the naked eye. Ask your tire shop about spotting common warning signs that your tires are under unequal stress. Every little bit will go a long way in keeping you safe on the open road.
Supplement Your Alignment Check With A Tire Rotation
What else should you do besides a tire alignment? A tire rotation check certainly doesn’t hurt. This is usually done after every oil change, though you can also do twice per year to keep up with the drastic changes in seasons. According to a 2017 study, there were over 735 motor vehicle traffic fatalities caused directly by tire negligence. Failing to rotate your tires can have them wearing out unevenly, affecting your ability to brake or turn on time.
Check To Make Sure You’re Using The Right Tire Set
Make sure you’re using the right set of tires! While a large set of mud-terrain tires can sound nice on paper, they’re not really necessary if you drive around the city 90% of the time. Off-road tires are usually described by their measurement of the outer diameter — tires that are 33 inches or larger are ideal for rock and trail crawling. The four main types of off-road tires are all-terrain, mud-terrain, winter, and sand. Your tire shop professionals will ask about where you drive and help you choose the perfect match.
Apply For A Winter Tire Set Early For A Discount
Do you live in a city with heavy snow? Consider applying for a winter tire set a little ahead of schedule. Some car insurance companies offer additional incentive for responsible behavior, offering premium discounts at 10% or more. Getting your tires too early, though, can also be discouraged by the city. Make sure your timing is right so you can get the most out of your next used tire purchase.
Seek Out Used Tires Or Apply For Rent-To-Own
A low budget doesn’t have to get in the way of your safety. Your tire shop will have several used tires for sale below the standard market price — these are just as good as new tires and will have their specs on display for you to browse. If you’re still concerned about price, ask about rent-to-own services. These will provide you a low pricing plan over several months. These may or may not include additional features like installation and check-ups.
There’s nothing quite like a good pair of tires. See which wheels and tires suit your vehicle best with a check-up at your friendly tire shop.