Six Bad Habits That Can Shorten Your Tire’s Life
Many drivers have habits that make their tires wear out faster than they should. Here are some bad driving habits that can shorten your tire’s life:
1. Over-inflating or under-inflating: Too much or too little air pressure can cause excessive tire wear, so check your owner’s manual to see what the right pressure should be for your tires.
2. Improper alignment: If your car tends to pull left or right, that means your wheels are out of alignment. That leads to uneven tread wear and can be dangerous on slippery roads. Getting your wheels realigned is cheap insurance against tire failure.
3. Hard braking: Slamming on the brakes puts extra stress on the tires, causing premature wear and possibly even cracking. Be patient and give yourself plenty of room to stop, especially when driving in wet conditions.
4. Sudden acceleration and deceleration: Speeding up too quickly — especially when turning a corner can cause your tires to slide on the road and wear out faster than normal.
5. Not rotating your tires: The front tires on most vehicles do more work than their rear counterparts, so they tend to wear out more quickly. If you don’t rotate them regularly, they’ll wear unevenly.
6. Overloading: If you carry items on top of your vehicle or pull a trailer, make sure that the combined weight of the items plus your vehicle does not exceed the maximum weight capacity for your tires. Overloaded tires can overheat and wear out much faster than normal.