Every year, statistics show that a number of traffic accidents can be attributed to tire-related causes.
And statistics shows that tire-related traffic incidents increase annually. And the same study done by The Safety Institute finds that tire-related accidents continue to remain on the rise. And with over 250 million cars on the road in the United States alone, it becomes pertinent that motorists limit the hazards of tire failure.While we may not all be mechanically inclined, there are certain things we can do as motorists to safely maintaining our tires while extending their lifecycle. Caring for your tires allows them to go the distance. It also contributes to the safety of everyone on the road while providing you with money-saving opportunities.This article looks at five different maintenance tips to preserve your tires and prolongs their lifespan.
Inspect tires monthlyPaying attention to your tires means more than acknowledging your tires when you experience ride problems. Good tire management means inspecting your tires frequently. This means inspecting your tires on a monthly basis to ensure they continue to optimally operate.A good tire management programs include rotating tires every 6,000 miles, visually inspecting tires weekly to ensure no obstructions have punctured the tire and cleaning your tires periodically to rid them of debris. Tire maintenance is the cheapest form of vehicle maintenance you can perform. Not only does this save you money in the long run, but it also greatly increases the lifespan of your tires.Properly maintain your wheel bearingsWhile wheel bearings get overlooked when inspecting your tires, they play a critical element in the driveability of your vehicle. Not only do wheel bearings provide a smooth ride, but more importantly, they keep your wheels on your vehicle.
It’s important that wheel bearings get the same attention and treatment your tires do.Top bearing companies advice understanding the symptoms of wheel bearing failure. In the case of your vehicle’s tires, this can be displayed as abnormal or uneven tire wear.
To confirm whether or not your wheel bearings are at fault, jack up your vehicle and spin the wheel by hand.If roughness or excessive drag presents itself, you wheel bearings may be failing.Keep your tires properly aligned and balancedMuch like wheel bearings, when tires are improperly aligned and balanced, uneven tire wear will present itself.
This can result in premature tire wear and irregular tire wear can become a safety risk and road hazard to you and other motorists on the road. Uneven tire wear can result in your vehicle pulling to the left or right making it difficult to steer and optimally control your vehicle as you drive.Certain signs will display themselves as indicators that your tires require realignment.
This includes your vehicle pulling to one side as you drive, your steering wheel not lining up straight, visible signs of uneven wear, and noticeable vibration in the steering wheel, seat, or floorboard when traveling at certain speeds. Faulty wheel bearings may also display such symptoms, so it’s best that you bring your vehicle to a licensed mechanic to have it inspected.Proper tire alignment and balance is key to providing and smoother driving experience and vehicle safety every time you get behind the wheel. Not only that, but tires that are properly aligned means your tires are less likely to wear premature, providing better fuel efficiency and saving your wallet at a pricey expense.Maintain proper tire inflationAs inflation pressure is one of the biggest influences on tire life, it’s important that your vehicle maintains proper inflation levels.
As tires naturally lose air, it’s important to perform periodic maintenance on your tire pressure. Check air pressure once a month and follow the recommended vehicle manufacturer’s guidelines to avoid overinflating your tires.To maintain proper tire inflation, check air pressure before long trips, when the tires are “cold,” preferably in the morning, and use a good pressure gauge to get accurate air pressure readings.
While performing your inspections, don’t forget to check the spare tire and be sure to replace your valves every time you buy new tires. This will ensure that your tire continues to maintain air pressure should the core of your valve fail.Select the right tiresWhile most tires perform well in everyday situations, those who live in variable weather environments may consider rotating their tires to match the driving conditions present. In environments where winter presents difficult driving conditions, it’s important to avoid attempting to make compromises.
Doing so may mean spending more later and putting yourself and other motorists at risk while on the road.The set of tires you have on your vehicle should be appropriate for current weather conditions. All-season tires may seem like a value saving idea, but in harsh winter conditions, they cannot perform to desired standards and may become the main source of a traffic accident. Just as important is checking your owner’s manual to ensure you have the proper size of tires for your vehicle.Selecting ill-fitting tires will have an impact on your overall comfort while driving while affecting vehicle safety.
Your tires play an important role when it comes to the vehicle safety, fuel economy, and driveability. Maintaining these four patches of rubber ensures their lifecycle and allows you to achieve optimum handling when driving. Take the time to learn about the tires on your vehicle.Applying these five tips to your vehicle maintenance program ensures your tires continue to perform at a high level.AUTHOR BIOHassanein Alwan is the Marketing Director of Mineral Circles Bearings with more than 10 years’ experience in the bearing industry’s technical support division, sales and marketing, plus strategic business development consultancy.
With a degree of Master of Science in Engineering from KTH Royal Institute of Technology and an International Diploma in Business from the University of Cambridge, he started his career in Sweden as a Machine Safety engineer for Gröna Lund and as SAAB Aerosystems’ Aeronautical engineer. Today, he serves as a member of the Know Your Market Committee after joining EPTDA in 2013.