Changing your tires regularly makes a lot of sense. If the tread is worn and you’ve got some very noticeable wear on the rubber, getting new tires is obviously something you need to do. Otherwise, you risk your safety as well as your passengers. You also lose lots of performance.
But changing your tires too frequently can be expensive and wasteful. You’re better off by just taking care of your tires properly so they’ll last longer. Here are some tips to keep in mind:
- Keep the tires away from the sun as much as possible. That means parking in a shaded area. The UV rays from the sun do a lot of damage to the rubber.
- Apply some UV-protection on your tires. Lots of good quality tire shine offer UV-protection.
- If possible, park in a garage where the temperature is constant. Changes in temperature can affect the psi level in your tires. A change of 10 degrees can result in a 1 psi change.
- Always monitor your tire psi levels regularly. Every month you can lose about 1 psi. You can’t always rely on your tire pressure monitor, since this can report problems only if the tire pressure is 75% of optimal levels.
- Drive with common sense, and avoid unnecessary wear and tear on the tread. Don’t accelerate too quickly and try to apply the brakes gradually. Skidding the tires just wear them out faster.
It’s true that changing the tires when they’re worn down is your safest bet. But by taking care of your tires, you can save money with less frequent tire changes and still ensure that you are safe on the road.