Car Care

Tips for maximizing tire life

The majority of tire issues stem from improper inflation. Checking your tire pressure once per month is optimal. Driving on improperly inflated tires can: reduce fuel economy, accelerate the rate of wear, aid in damaging the tire, cause uneven wear, reduce handling and performance, and cause blowouts.

Pros of proper inflation:

  • Better handling and maneuvering
  • Longer tire life
  • 3% better fuel economy
  • Even wear
  • Reduces tire damage
  • Safer drive

Your owner’s manual will tell you what air pressure the manufacturer of your vehicle recommends. You can also find this information inside your vehicles driver’s side door panel. You can purchase a tire pressure gauge from your local auto store.

If your vehicle is wiggling while driving, this typically means the balance of your tires is off. You should have your tires balanced when you have them rotated and when they’re installed at purchase.

The intended life of a tire is 5 to 7 years. The born date is imprinted on your tire. When you purchase tires, be sure to check the date. Tires that are too old may show signs such as cracks in the tire.

Tire Buying Guide from Consumer Report