How To Make Your Tyres Last Longer
From fuel to insurance, tax to maintenance, owning a car is not cheap. However, there are ways that you can make running a vehicle cheaper. The primary way to do this is through correct maintenance and following top tricks to make components of your vehicle last longer. So, to help you save money with your vehicle, here are some of the best ways to help your tyres to last as long as possible.
- Choose the right tyres
Have you heard of the phrase ‘buy cheap, buy twice’? If you are looking to make your tyres last as long as possible, it is recommended that you buy good quality tyres that are much more likely to go the distance, compared to cheaper unbranded alternatives.
Remember, not every tyre brand is the same. It is wise to go for the vehicle manufacturer-recommended tyres. Also, try to stick with the same brand for all four wheels; this will help them all to wear at the same rate.
- Check your tyre pressure
To get the most out of your tyres, maintaining the right pressure is important. This also helps to keep your vehicle safe too. It is well worth checking the pressure once a month. While many vehicles come with a Tyre Pressure Monitoring System, you cannot always rely on this to deliver accurate readings. Sometimes it is best to check with a small tyre pressure device and a visual inspection.
Tyre pressure is important for long-lasting tyres and underinflated tyres can cause excessive wear on the outer edges of the tyre. Over-inflation leads to excessive wear in the centre of the tyre.
- Empty your luggage
Are you carrying around unnecessary junk in your vehicle? All of the stuff you keep in the car adds to the weight. Your car already has enough weight to cope with thanks to the engine, chassis, driver and passengers. So, to reduce the pressure on your car and, importantly, your tyres, remove all of the luggage that you don’t need.
By keeping your vehicle light, you’ll also improve fuel consumption too.
- Drive with care
Finally, it is important to drive carefully, avoiding excessive braking or aggressive acceleration. Try to avoid bumps and scrapes which can mess with the wheel alignment or cause tyre damage. Be smooth and controlled behind the wheel, and you should see your tyre wear lasting much longer.