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How to Make Your Tires Last Longer

Hand Wiping Down Car Tire

It’s natural for your tires to break down over time, normal wear and tear occurs that grinds down the tread. There are some habits you can implement to help elongate the lifespan of your tires. It is surprisingly easy to learn how to make your tires last longer. First, you can start with your routine maintenance and inspections at our Underriner Motors service center, and then start practicing better driving habits. Keep reading to learn about how you have long life tires below!

How to Make Your Tires Last Longer?

Basic drives around Bozeman and Laurel will cause your tire surfaces to wear down. The wear pattern on your tires is a good indicator of your vehicle’s overall condition. Here is what the wear pattern can tell you:

  • Inner and Outer Wear: this can be a sign of misalignment, also known as “toe wear” or “camber wear.”
  • Center Wear: Check your air pressure and compare it to your recommended PSI, this could be a sign your tire may be overinflated.
  • Cupping Wear: Diagonal scalloping of the tire could mean an issue with the suspension system that will need immediate attention.
  • Patchy Wear: Uneven and patchy wear may mean that your tires are out of balance.

Tips to Extend Long Life Tires

After reading about some of the reasons your tires may wear down, here are some tips to make them last even longer:

  • Tire Pressure Checks: Your tire can lose up to a pound per square inch of air pressure every month, even while sitting in your Miles City garage. You should routinely check your tire pressure using a tire gauge or your built-in Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) to keep tabs on the air pressure.
  • Tire Rotations: Your tires should be rotated every 5,000 to 7,000 miles, and it’s important to schedule a tire rotation. This helps your set wear more evenly, giving you better performance and safety.
  • Tire Balance: It’s easy for your tires to go out of balance, and this can lead to alignment and wear issues. When your tires are rotated, you can also get them balanced.
  • Vehicle Alignment: It’s generally recommended that you get your car aligned twice per year to prevent any issues. Misalignment degrades your tires prematurely, but it can also cause strange vibrations and sounds that affect your driving experience.

Driving with a Spare

When you are driving on a normal set of tires or a spare set, there are certain things you need to keep in mind If you find yourself with a flat tire, and have to drive for a bit with a spare tire, then it’s crucial you are aware of the tire you are using and the regulations of that specific tire. As always, it is important to read your owner’s manual to get the best idea of your spare tire range and speeds.

  • Full-Size: A full-size tire is just as big as your normal tires, although it is not, for the most part, a long-term replacement.
  • Space-Saver: The space saver, commonly known as the “donut” spare tire, cannot be driven more than 70 miles at speeds of 50 MPH – this may vary depending on your tire so you should check your tire.
  • Run-Flat: A run-flat tire is not the same as either the full-size or donut spare tires, and it will only last around 50 miles.

Get the Best Vehicle Care with Our Team at Underriner Motors

Now that you have an idea of how long your tires will last, and the best way to make them long life tires, then contact our team at Underriner Motors to schedule your next service appointment. We are happy to answer any of your questions on maintenance or your Hyundai, Volvo & Volkswagen vehicle. Come visit us today for the best vehicle care out there!


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