These days, everyone’s looking for ways to make their dollars stretch: at the grocery store, on mobile phone bills, and on vehicles. When it comes to your vehicle, it’s actually pretty simple to make your tires last longer and save money with these five steps.
1. DRIVE CALMLY
For some drivers, half the fun of having a sporty ride and premium tires is putting them to use. Driving like your great aunt on a Sunday afternoon, so to speak, doesn’t sound nearly as much fun, and yet this is exactly how your tires age well: with slower, consistent driving.
Aggressive acceleration, braking and cornering—activities made all the more possible by today’s electronic driving systems—increase the stress your tires face, and, therefore, their lifespan.
“Today, even small city cars have a lot of power. Traction control systems and other similar functions have become more common. Drivers today rely even more on these systems, which increases the stress on the tires that is caused by driving. Cornering speeds may increase, for example,” says Matti Morri, technical customer service manager, Nokian Tires.
2. ROTATE YOUR TIRES
At Kal Tire, we recommend rotating your tires about every 8,000 kilometres. Which way do tires get rotated? Front tires tend to wear much more quickly than the rear tires, so regular rotation of tires from front to back is best. Rotations ensure even wear to make your tires last longer as well as ensure optimum performance for the life of your tires. Rotate = save!
(Bonus: If you purchased your tires at Kal, rotations are free throughout the life of the tire as part of our Customer Care Plan.)
3. CHECK YOUR TIRE PRESSURE
Ensuring your tires are inflated to the manufacturer’s recommended PSI helps prevent premature tire wear from too much flexing and overloading. Properly inflated tires also improve handling and fuel economy because it takes less energy to make your tires roll.
Since changes in temperature can alter your tire’s pressure, it’s important to check your tires’ PSI regularly.
If you can, get in the habit of checking your tire pressure once a month or even every time you fuel up. To learn how to check and inflate tires yourself, read our post How To Check Tire Pressure: A 5-step Guide. And remember your spare!
4. STORE SMARTER
People love the sun. Tire’s don’t. Exposure to the sun’s harmful UV rays can cause weather cracking, often on the sidewalls and shoulder. If you drive all-weather tires year-round, try to avoid parking in direct sunlight. If you swap out your tires each season, make sure your tires are stored in a place that’s cool and out of sun’s reach.
Or, you can store your tires with us! Learn more about the benefits and convenience of using Kal’s Tire Lodge.
5. PACK LOW
According to Nokian, packing strategically can also extend the life of your tires:
“Do not load heavy items in the roof box, as they will affect the car’s centre of gravity.”
The trusted tire experts at Kal are here to help make your tires last longer and perform at their best. Visit one of our Kal Tire locations near you for FREE air and rotations when you purchase your tires with us!