Keep on Rolling: Making Your Tires Last Longer

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We know that for most people, buying tires isn’t the most exciting thing in the world. You’re probably looking for any way to delay this process as long as possible. Well, we here at BestRide have some tips for you on how to make your tires last longer.

Choose Wisely

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Just like certain shoes work better than others for certain occasions – we know from experience that wearing heels at a standing-room-only concert is not the best idea – tires are designed to handle a specific set of conditions. Not only was your car designed for a certain size of tires, but the way you drive and where you drive matter. If you go off-roading a lot, be sure to use tires that are meant for rough terrain, otherwise they might wear out sooner or suffer damage. Summer tires are made to withstand higher temperatures, and winter tires handle cold and slick conditions much better.

Stay on the Level

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You know how if you blow up a balloon too far, it’ll pop? Well, tires don’t exactly work like that, but the right amount of inflation, or tire pressure, is definitely important. Every vehicle has its own set of tire pressure specifications to ensure your safety and comfort while extending the lifespan of your tires. Overinflated tires are more susceptible to damage from road hazards, while underinflated tires are more prone to uneven wear and can affect your vehicle’s steering.

Switch It Up

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We all have a unique way of driving, and that means our tires will wear in different ways. Do you have a front-wheel drive car, make more left turns in your daily commute, or have a habit of hitting curbs? (We’re not judging.) That’s why it’s super important to have your tires rotated regularly to even out the wear. It’s recommended to get a tire rotation roughly every 5,000 miles but be sure to check your owner’s manual.

Straighten Up

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Generally speaking, it’s important that your wheels are facing the right direction while you’re driving. This may sound simple, but your vehicle’s alignment is quite a delicate system and can be messed up by potholes and other road hazards. When your wheels are out of alignment, it causes your tires to wear unevenly and can lead to serious tire damage. It’s best to have your alignment checked every 1-2 years or any time after encountering particularly rough roads.

Take It Easy

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We know it’s fun to pretend to be a race car driver on your daily commute, but there’s a reason they have to change tires multiple times during a race. One of the best and simplest ways to preserve your tires is to take it easy behind the wheel. This means accelerating more smoothly, coasting when possible, and braking less often and more gently.

As you get ready to head on a scenic road trip this summer, the last thing you want to worry about is heading to the tire shop. With these simple tips at your disposal, it’s super easy to extend the lifespan of your vehicle’s tires and keep on rolling.

Kasey McNerney

Kasey McNerney

Kasey McNerney is a native of Phoenix, Arizona, and inherited her interest in cars from her dad. She previously worked at Phoenix Raceway, where she assisted with communications for NASCAR events. Currently, Kasey writes automotive content for BestRide and works with auto and auto-adjacent businesses to strengthen their social media presence.

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