Simple things like checking your tires'
pressure to make sure that they are properly inflated can make a real
difference in how long your tires last. Under or over-inflated tires
evenly and won't last as long. For example, a tire that is consistently
under- inflated can last 20% less. That means a tire that should
60,000 miles would be worn out by 48,000 miles.
Here are a list of tips that can help you ensure your safety when cruising down the road.
You may not always notice if one of your tires has been damaged. Inspect your tires regularly for wear and any damage to avoid any sudden problems. Also, have a professional inspect your tires every year.
Driving with incorrect tire pressures can affect a vehicle's handling and braking, particularly in wet conditions, and can seriously compromise your safety. Driving on severely under-inflated tires can cause heat build-up and eventually a premature failure. Check your tire pressure monthly and before every long trip.
Do not exceed the load capacity relative to the tire's load index. Tires loaded beyond their maximum loads can build up excessive heat that may result in sudden tire destruction.
At greater speeds, tires have greater a chance of being damaged by road hazards or heat build-up. High speeds can also contribute to a rapid air loss or even a sudden tire explosion, which can cause the loss of control of the vehicle.
If you see any damage to a tire or wheel, replace it with your spare tire and have your tire checked by a professional.