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With proper care, getting tens of thousands of miles out of your tires is a real possibility, even if most tire manufacturers don’t stress it (and why would they?) when you initially purchase your tires. In fact, tire manufacturers are smart not to encourage proper tire care. After all, the more often your tires wear out, the more often you have to replace them with new ones. With just a few steps, you can take better care of your tires and get the most life out of them.

Proper Inflation

Keeping your tires inflated properly can help the tires to wear evenly, so you don’t have to replace the tires as often. Under-inflating the tires on your car can cause the tires to run hot since the air inside the tire expands and this heat has nowhere else to go but inside the tire. This weakens the tire and can lead to premature tire failure. Moreover, tires that are not inflated enough can wear around the edges instead of the center, again causing premature wearing.

Overinflated tires can be just as bad. Overinflated tires are unyielding and stiff, and their contact with the road is impeded, making them more easily damaged by debris or potholes in the roadway. Ensure your tires are properly inflated by using a tire gauge to periodically check the tires, or ask your tire servicer to do so for you.

Regular Rotation

Rotating your tires is also important to keeping the tires in good shape. Tires should be rotated for even wear at least every 8,000 miles or so. This prolongs tire life and increases the number of miles between the need for replacements.

Alignment

When you first buy your tires, you will likely get them aligned, but every year or so after, you need to get them realigned. Tires that are balanced and aligned will not pull to either side dramatically while you’re driving, increasing vehicle performance and gas mileage.

Proper Driving Behavior

Driving properly can decrease wear and tear on your tires. Avoid sudden starts and stops, which can be hard on the tires. Be careful when parking to avoid brushing your tire against the curb, and watch for debris on the roadway to avoid punctures.

Avoid Excessive Weight

Finally, the weight that you put on your tires can also be detrimental to their longevity, so lighten the load you carry as much as possible. The less weight your tires must support, the less stress on your tires and the longer service life they’ll provide you with.