Tires are a vital element of car handling and safety. They also represent a significant outlay when they need to be replaced. Even the smallest, least expensive tires for a car can add up to several hundred dollars. This makes it sensible to take various precautions to extend their lifespan.
The following determines the many ways that you can get thousands of miles of extra usage out of your tires (plus the cardinal driving sins that mean you’ll dramatically reduce their longevity).
As well as being unsafe, incorrectly inflated tires cause uneven and excessive wear. If this is allowed to continue, both over and under-inflation will mean the tires degrade to below the legal limit far quicker than what would usually be expected.
Check your tire pressures at least once a month. This should go hand-in-hand with a visual inspection to ensure that no damage has occurred to the tire wall.
Erratic driving, heavy acceleration, braking, and overly fast cornering all adds to how quickly tires wear. Simple steps to improve tire longevity include:
No matter how good your driving style, tires don’t wear evenly on a vehicle. This depends on many factors, including whether the car is front or rear-wheel drive, AWD, or 4WD. Regular rotation (every 5,000-7,000 miles) will ensure even wear.
With the cost of tires often being over three figures each, it can be tempting to go for the cheapest option. However, as with most things in life, you get what you pay for. Sure, you might not want to go for the most expensive option. But for the most part, if you can afford to go for at least a mid-range tire then you’ll get better mileage than from the lowest priced tire.
While each of the above might seem a small step, the combination of them all can add up to thousands of extra driving miles per tire. Over the lifespan of a vehicle, this represents a significant amount of dollars. Careful tire management is the key to negating this potential extra cost. It also adds to better road handling, increased safety, and the reduced likelihood of other mechanical issues caused by tire problems.
Let’s face it, tires for luxury cars can represent a considerable outlay. That makes the installation of good quality tires and regular rotation the key to their longevity. At Autobahn of Boca, we specialize in top-end marques, such as Audi, BMW, Mercedes, Porsche, and VW. This means we know the right type of tires and maintenance needs for every aspect—including which are the best to fit.
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