An automobile tire is very important, but there is no exact way of telling how long the tires will last. The mileage and lifespan of a tire is based on few factors such as driver’s habits, design of the tire, the road conditions, the climate and the care taken with tires. Here are a few milestones:
Remember after every five years, your tires must be inspected once a year at least by a professional such as Pmctire. At the most you can take it for ten years from the manufacture date. Remember, sometimes tire may appear usable even on their 10th year, yet it is recommended as per the indicator of tread wear. In fact, this is applicable even to spare tires.
Good care taken certainly extends the lifespan of a tire. Increasing the longevity of your tire is possible by maintaining perfect air pressure and also performing tire regular rotations and vehicle maintenance helps.
Check scheduled care tips. For tire replacement consider vehicle manufacturers recommendation. Understand how to check the date of manufacturing and also look for the tire sidewall DOT number. The tire mostly gets damaged due to these reasons namely:
- Road conditions such as obstacles, potholes, speed bumps, sharp objects, curbs
- Damage and wear
- Extreme climates such as snow, rain and ice
- Chemicals, grease and oil
- Ozone and strong sunlight
- Quick starts and braking emergency used frequently
- Damaged roads driving
- Failing to notice a vibration or noise
Failing to consult some professional such that tire is not maintained with proper air pressure, rotation and alignment, routine check, neglecting tire inspection, not balancing tires, etc.
- Using summer tires on ice and snow
- Mixing types of tires
- Using damaged wheels
- Using incompatible rim size and wheel
Fitting tires lacking a speed capability and the load index is higher or at least equal than specified originally by the vehicle manufacturer should not be considered and this includes:
- Using spare tire in different size at 80kph means excess speeds
- Re-inflating of tire that is underinflated seriously means it is already flat.
Pay attention to the tires “feel” as you drive. In case you experience vibrations while driving, just reduce speed and drive with caution so that you pull off the road safely and inspect the tires. A rough ride is itself an indication of excessive wear or tire damage.