Not many car owners are aware that their bad driving habits can mean having to replace their used tires more quickly. To help you identify these behaviours, we’ve provided you with a list of the most common driving habits that are bad for your tires. If you’ve been changing tires more quickly than usual and have been wondering why you may be guilty of any of the following acts (or all of them).
1. Driving With A Heavy Load
Overloading your vehicle doesn’t only result in greater fuel consumption and extra fuel costs, but also puts a significant amount of stress on other parts of the vehicle such as the tires. Manufacturers provide important information regarding your car’s recommended weight capacity to allow for optimal performance and handling. This weight capacity is generally lower in smaller sized cars, and they’re not ideally designed for hauling excess baggage. Before towing a load, car owners are advised to check the weight capacity of their vehicles.
2. Driving With Improper Wheel Alignment
Drivers who don’t check on wheel alignment and balancing run the risk of uncontrolled wear and tear on tires, dramatically reducing the tire’s quality and lifespan. Wheel imbalance also affects the suspension, which could be dangerous when your vehicle can’t respond appropriately to hazardous road surface conditions.
3. Not Checking Tire Pressure
Driving with incorrect tire pressure can result in tires being under-inflated or over-inflated – and both place the car’s safety in question. Under-inflated tires mean increased friction as a larger tire surface area makes contact with the road. This impacts a vehicle’s stopping ability and the quality of the tire’s structural makeup. Over-inflated tires reduce traction control and ride handling because there’s less tire surface on the road.
4. Not Checking The Condition Of Tires
One of the most important responsibilities of motorists is to ensure that their vehicles are in good condition. This means checking tires closely for worn out treads or bulges and cracks in their side walls. If you aren’t sure of what to look for, having a professional auto technician examine your car’s tires is the next best thing.
You'll inevitably have to replace your tires over time as the average lifespan of a tire is ten years – provided you look after and maintain it well. If it’s time to replace your used tires, come to Drury Tires. We supply new tires and can get you a competitive trade-in for used tires in Auckland.