How to Extend the Life of Your Tires


If you have recently purchased a set of new tires, you’re probably wondering how to get the most out of them. Tires aren’t a small purchase, but if you take proper care of them, you can extend the life of your tires, creating a safer ride while saving money.

Here are some of the best tire-saving tips from our experts at the Glenn Polk service department in Gainesville.  

How To Extend Tire Life


  1. Check your tire pressure regularly. Most tire pressure monitoring systems are set to alert you when your tire pressure is at 75 percent of where it should be. That missing 25 percent is enough to cause damage to your wheels. If you want to extend your tire life, you will need to check pressure much more often. This can be done with a simple, inexpensive tool. You can also come by the Glenn Polk service department in Gainesville to have your tire pressure checked.

  2. Keep your wheels aligned. Tires that are unbalanced can cause excessive vibrations, which will damage them. When you get a new set of tires, you will need to have them balanced. Additionally, if you start feeling shaking while driving, get your tires checked as soon as possible.

  3. Turn slowly. If you quickly start, stop or turn a car rapidly, the tires will get worn out significantly faster.

  4. Do not over-inflate your tires. This is one area where more isn’t better. Just as too little air pressure can be damaging to your vehicle, tires that are over-inflated can too. Tires with too much air can cause tread separation and even explosion — in short, it’s not a good thing.

  5. Try to store your vehicle inside a garage or under covered parking in warm months. In climates like the sweltering summers of North Texas, tires that become overheated can swell or over-inflate.

How To Tell When Your Tires Are Bad

Almost more important than knowing how to extend your tire life is knowing how to tell when they are no longer in usable condition. Most cars come with a “check tire” alert that will pop up on the dashboard, but does that really mean a tire is bad? Not necessarily.

Tire pressure can change based on where you park, the weather or if you hit a pothole during your drive. A sensor warning may mean you need to air your tires back up to the proper levels, but does not necessarily mean your tire is no longer functional. Here is how to tell when you need to change your tires:

  1. They are older than six years old. Regardless of wear, most car manufacturers recommend you replace tires at least every six years.

  2. You have an air leak that won’t stay patched. If you have a flat tire, you can often patch the hole and repair it. However, sometimes a patch doesn’t work and you will need to purchase a new set of tires.

  3. Your tires fail the penny test. Take a penny and push President Lincoln’s head into the grove of your tires. If any part of his head is hidden by the tire, your tread is fine. However, if his full head still shows, the tread is too shallow and the tire needs replacement.

If you are unsure about your tire’s condition or would like some guidance on selecting tires, the Glenn Polk Dodge service department is more than happy to help.

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