Maintaining tyres properly is an important part of car maintenance activities. Smooth driving experience is primarily dependent on the quality and maintenance of tyres. Tyres wear out and burst before time if not maintained properly. Tyre bursting events are more often experienced in hot temperatures. Below discussed are few tips that will help you maintain tyres of your car properly and will help your tyres last for a longer period:
Keep your tyres inflated at the correct PSI (Pounds per square inch). Both the rear tyres should have same PSI inflation level and similarly both the front tyres should have an identical inflation level. Do not over inflate the tyre pressure as it causes rutted driving.
Tacky and Spiky Substances:
Oily and greasy substances should be kept away from tyres. These substances can cause severe damage to the rubber material used in tyres. Moreover, spiky metal substances should also be kept at a distance to prevent damage to the tyres.
Do Not Run a Flat Tyre:
As many of us are already aware of this fact but still sometimes we end up doing the same despite knowing that this can completely damage the tyre. Running a flat tyre can damage the rim and disturb the normal alignment of the wheels. The damage can be excessive in case of tyres with tubes in them though they are not widely used in passenger cars anymore.
According to various tyre manufacturers, unaligned wheels can cause tyres to wear out unequally before its life time. As we are all aware that unaligned wheels has a bad effect on handling but no one generally cares about what impact does unaligned wheels have on tyres. It is recommended to have your wheel alignment checked every 3-months and driving on unaligned wheels should be avoided.
Braking and Screeching:
Harsh braking and screeching not only damage the brake shoe of your car but also damage the tyre surface extensively. Harsh braking and vigorous screeching have a real time negative effect on your tyres. Tyres can even burst as a result of harsh braking and vigorous screeching.
The estimated life of a car’s tyre is 40,000 km. The life of the tyres can increase or decrease depending upon the conditions they were used in or how well they were maintained. Tyres used on bumpy and uneven roads, especially in hilly areas do not tend to last longer as compared to tyres used on plain metaled roads. For people who travel long distances extensively, it is a good practice to exchange front tyres with rear tyres every 10,000 km. In a FWD (Front-Wheel Drive) cars, front tyres have excessive wear as compared to the rear tyres. Swapping rear tyres with front tyres prevents tyres to wear out unevenly. Moreover, getting your tyres’ punctures done by inoculation of filament can cause the tyre to surge from a particular radius that will ultimately result in bursting or excessive wear of a tyre. This happens more often with tyres containing extra filament punctures in them. It is recommended to prefer an adhesive puncture instead to prevent the tyre from bursting or excessive wear before its average lifetime.