How to Save Money on Your Tires
If you’re among of the millions of motorists stretching your budget, most probably, you’re keeping your car longer than before. The good news is most modern automobiles are more dependable than ever, and are sure to last long with proper maintenance. Unfortunately, if you put off key maintenance and repair needs, leading to bigger issues later on and making the roads more dangerous.
Tires are usually ignored, but note that they’re literally the only thing between you and the pavement. With proper tire maintenance, you don’t only keep everyone safe, but you can also save cash in the long term.
The following are tips to help you save money on your tires:
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1. Maintain correct tire pressure.
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Rolling resistance rises with tires that are underinflated, reducing fuel mileage by about one mpg or more. Low pressure also wears down tires much faster and makes tires overheat, increasing your risks at speed. Checking tire pressure takes no more than a few minutes once a month. And remember to check the spare too.
2. Rotate your tire for extended life.
Front tires must work harder than those on the rear on front-wheel drive cars, which are the most common types you’ll see on the road today. These tires need to handle driving, steering and braking forces, not to mention the weight of the engine. What all that means is that the tires in front generally wear out first. Ensure your tires are rotated as per the schedule in your manual. This promotes balanced handling, braking and wear at all four corners, and saves you hundreds of dollars sooner than you’ll have to get a new set.
3. Forget the nitrogen.
A lot of car dealers and tire retailers say nitrogen in your tires, instead of plain air, will maintain the right pressure in your tires for a longer time. That may be true, but you still need to check your tire pressure often. Tires will lose pressure, whether they have air or nitrogen in them. If you can get nitrogen filling for free, there’s no harm in it, but you need not pay for it.
4. Use winter tires in snowy climate.
If you drive in a snowy climate, using four winter tires will provide the best traction and safety. But remember that their compounds typically wear sooner than conventional tires, and dry handling will not be as good on cleared roads. To take full advantage of your snow tires’ wear and usefulness, put them on only when there is snow in your area, and remove them in time for spring.
5. Compare tires before buying.
If it’s time to replace tires, get four new ones to ensure best traction, emergency handling, and general performance. And shop around for the best prices. Web retailers make price comparisons convenient – simply key in your car’s make and model and they’ll provide a list of options.