Keep the pressure up
Most of us don’t enjoy being under pressure, but your tires certainly do. In fact, losing air pressure will cost you — and you might not even realize it. Improperly inflated tires can overheat, causing undue wear. Additionally, underinflated tires affect your car’s performance, from steering capability to gas mileage. Today’s cars often have air pressure monitors, so be sure you’re keeping an eye on the light. If not, plan to gauge your air pressure at least two to three times per month. The optimal pressure level varies by vehicle, so check your owners manual to determine the recommended air pressure for your car.
“On average, a tire can lose a pound per month,” said Kevin Becker, manager of Coen Tire in Washington. “You should always check your air pressure first thing in the morning, when the tires are cold."
Keep in mind that seasonal changes also affect your air pressure. Tires tend to lose a pound with every 10-degree drop in temperature and gain a pound with each 10-degree increase.
Keep it in line
If your car is pulling to the left or the right, it might not be your tires’ fault — but they’ll certainly pay the price. The alignment of your vehicle affects how evenly your tires wear — among other things. In fact, according to Business Insider, overlooking your alignment could cost you hundreds down the road. Watch out for pulling, shakiness, difficulty handling or strange tread marks on one or more tires. According to Becker, keeping your car aligned should be a proactive endeavor.
“Get your alignment checked every six months,” he said. “Without proper and timely realignments, the edges of your tires will wear faster than normal.”
Rotate, rotate, rotate
If you love your tires — or if you don’t love spending money needlessly — be sure to rotate. According to Becker, you should be rotating your tires every 4,000 to 5,000 miles if you own a car, or every 3,000 if you drive a pickup truck. Regularly rotated tires will last longer than neglected tires. That’s because tires on the front and rear axles of your vehicles work differently, which affects the way they wear.
Now is a great time to consider whether your tires need a rotation. Improperly rotated tires wear unevenly, which can affect your handling and traction. This is particularly important as temperatures start to cool and roads become icy or slushy. Additionally, most tire warranties require regular rotations, so follow the recommended rotation schedule to be sure you’re covered.
When you want to get the most out of your tires, buying the right size, type and brand is key. Coen Tire offers the highest quality tires on the market at incredible prices. Find exactly what you (and your car) need at Coen Tire.
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A journalism graduate from Brigham Young University, Kristen has experience writing in a variety of fields, including art and culture, health and fitness and financial and real estate services. Kristen has written for USA Today, SFGate and the Knot.