4 Ways to Prolong the Life of Your Tires
It goes without saying that extending the life of your tires can save you time and money. The tires on your vehicle need to be properly maintained not only to prolong their lifespan, but to ensure you are safe while on the road. While a simple understanding of what supports your tires will help preserve the condition of your tires; there are also new technological solutions that are also helping consumers. Understanding various aspects of your tires health will not only save you money and energy on your tires, but will also help ensure the condition of your car.
Noise, vibration, and harshness (NVH), is the study of the noise and vibration characteristics of vehicles, particularly cars and trucks. With 240 million used cars on the road at an average age of 11.5 year, NVH is a tool that can supply the data needed to monitor the regular maintenance a car, particularly an older one, needs. Several companies are taking advantage of this data to provide technological solutions. “NVH technology can help more accurately and efficiently identify problems with tires, as well as other wearing parts,” said Nicolas Olivier, CEO of CarFit which is the maker of a vibration sensor that incorporates NVH technology. “This way, the driver can correctly identify a potential problem and repair it at the correct time — this way maximizing their investment in the part.”
The easiest way to cause premature wear and damage to your tires is by having improper tire pressures. On average, perfect tires lose 1 psi monthly, and the pressure varies with the temperature. You will do best by checking the tire pressure every two weeks. Make sure to add when needed to keep the tires at their rated pressure. Watch for leaks, as even a slightly faster decrease in pressure can mean there is a problem with the tire. The quicker you have these issues repaired, the less extensive of an issue they become. Also, make sure your stored vehicles have proper tire pressure, and that the tires do not sit on one spot the entire time. If your vehicle is being stored outdoors, keep them covered to prevent weathering. Extremely low tire pressure can damage your rims and wheel assemblies. Correct tire pressure should be at the top of your wear prevention list.
Alignment and balancing
Suspension and alignment issues can cause the pressure to be applied to one area of the tire. This will cause premature and heavy wearing in those areas ruining the tires long before they are used to their full potential. Tire rotation is crucial as the vehicle holds different amounts of weight over each tire, and gets used differently by the vehicle. This causes the tires to wear down faster under the engine, and on wheels that receive power from the transmission. Alignments, tire balancing, and tire rotations are critical to make sure the tires wear evenly, and to ensure you get what you paid for.
Road and weather hazards
Glass, nails, large items, rocks, and even the road itself can all be hazardous to you and your tires. Avoiding curbs, road debris, pot holes, sharp objects, and other hazards will significantly help the chances of prolonging your tires. While there are times this is out of our control, make sure you are keeping an eye on the road to avoid what you can. Most severe and random damage comes from road debris, and from the inability to avoid destructive objects.
Stay on top of NVH technology, tire pressures, wheel alignment, and avoid road hazards to get the most out of your tires. Being proactive about preserving the current condition of your tires is the first step in getting the most out of your vehicle. While the tires do a lot of work to support the vehicle, everything tires are attached to make a difference in how they perform on the road. Support your tires (both internally and externally), and they will continue to perform well for you in coming years.