The technology behind tires have improved so much throughout the years. In the 1970′s, the lifespan of a tire is about 30,000 kilometers in an ideal scenario. Today, tires can go as far as 125,000 kilometers. Of course, the mileage still depends on many factors but you get the potential it can do. Still, it doesn’t mean you should wait until the odometer reaches 125,000 kilometers before you start checking out your tires. Here are some things you can do to lengthen the years of your tire before they should be retired.
Keep The Tires Inflated at the Recommended Pressure
All the “vital statistics” of a tire can be found in the prints of the tire. The obvious statistic that we need is the PSI or pounds per square inch which determines the ideal amount of air in the tire. The most convenient place to have an accurate inflating of air would be gas stations. Since we don’t go to gas stations that often, you might as well get the exact PSI needed for your can when you need to inflate your tires. Don’t be lazy to over-inflate or under-inflate your tires as a few extra PSI can have a big impact on your wheels. Imagine inflating a basketball. A few extra PSI of air would be the difference between good boarding shots and making brick shots.
Rotate Your Tires Every 8,000 KM
Rotating your tires doesn’t mean replacing them. It means to change the position of the tires with respect to the car. While not really popular here, it’s a good practice to rotate the front tires to the back and vice-versa. The front tires may be fresher than the back tires after 8000 KM because the power really comes from the back.
Consider the Environmental Factors
One exception to the first rule of exact inflation is when you’re living in a place having four seasons. When you’re living in a place where summer gets really hot and winter is really cold, the environment plays a factor. Warm air expands while cool air contracts. As such, you should expect your tires to expand during summer driving while your tires will eventually contract when you’re driving during winter.
Aside from the weather, take note of the road you travel often. Those traveling in the mountains more often should expect their tires to deteriorate faster than those driving in the city.
Look at Your Tires Every Once in a While
When your tires are as smooth as your belt, your tires definitely need to retire. When the rough edges of the tires start to smooth out, take that as a sign that your tires need to be changed soon. It’s very dangerous to drive when you’re wheels don’t have any of those traction already.
Tires today are built to last much longer than those created earlier but always keep watch of your tires. Even tires need retirement.