Tyres are arguably one of the most neglected parts of our vehicles, yet they are one of those parts that get used the most as well. Those four patches of contact make sure you don’t end up in a ditch. You can call them your lifeline. They have huge responsibility yet are often get ignored. But, there are few things you can do to make sure your tyres last you their full life and provide you with best possible service.
First and foremost, make sure you are using the right air pressure for your car. Get the pressure tested once a week. Running on under or over inflated tyres can not only be dangerous but also will reduce the life of a tyre. The tyres will start wearing unevenly and hence, lose the grip. Over inflated tyre will start wearing the tyres from the middle, leaving both sides of the tyre intact. Whereas under inflated tyre will start to wear off from the sides of the tyres, and leaving the middle patch. Both scenarios are bad for braking of the car, and also, reduce their life.
Wheel alignment is making sure your wheels and car drive in the same direction. You can have toe out or toe in, and negative camber or positive camber. Toe-out is when the front of the wheels are pointing outwards, away from each other. And toe in is when their fronts are pointing towards each (inwards of a car). Negative camber is when tyres from the top are tucked inwards and outwards from the bottom. You might have seen many Honda Civic cars with most of the time OEM 15” Euro Star tyres by General Tyres doing the same thing. This improves the handling of the car when cornering, but are harmful to tyres in regular use because you the inside of your tyres starts to wear out prematurely. Positive camber is the opposite of negative camber (out from the top side, in from the bottom). Always follow the auto manufacturer’s recommended specs when setting up these parameters.
If you take care of these two things, your car tyres can last you a long time.