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HOW TO EXTEND THE LIFE OF YOUR TIRES

It's inevitable that your tires will wear down and need to be replaced. There are, however, steps you can take that will help extend the life of your tires to their maximum potential.

Save money and improve your safety by following these tips to extend the tread life of your tires:

Maintain Proper Tire Pressure

One of the most important things you can do to maintain your tires' tread life is to make sure they are properly inflated. You can find the correct tire pressure for your vehicle by checking the placard located on the driver’s side doorjamb or by looking on the tire itself. Check your tire pressure at least every month, especially when the temperature drops and before long drives. The best times to check tire pressure are in the morning before a car is driven for the first time that day, three hours after the car has last been driven or, after you have traveled less than a mile at a moderate speed.



Upkeep Regular Rotation

Uneven treadwear is one of the main reasons why tires need to be replaced earlier than expected. Tire rotation helps eliminate uneven treadwear and can even improve your gas mileage. Your manufacturer’s recommendation for how often to rotate your tires can be found in your owner's manual, but a good rule to go by is about every 5,000 - 6,000 miles.



Keep Your Car in Proper Alignment

It's only natural for your wheels to get knocked out of alignment - but driving over potholes and other road hazards only exacerbate these issues. Driving on misaligned wheels for extended periods of time can cause rapid uneven treadwear. Properly aligned wheels improve driver safety, enhance your driving control, increase fuel efficiency, and maximize the life of your tires. There is typically no set time frame for when alignment should be done, but Pep Boys suggests having your car checked at least every three years, even if you don't notice any symptoms of misalignment.



Check Your Tires for Debris

Rocks and other debris sometimes get lodged in your tire tread. While most of the time this is harmless, on occasion, debris will have a sharp edge that can damage your tires. Check your tires often and keep them free of potentially dangerous debris as much as possible.
Whether you're starting out on a fresh set of new tires or looking to get the most remaining life from those you've had for a while, these tips will help. However, regardless of how well taken care of your tires are, you'll eventually need to replace them. If it’s time for a new set of tires, let our ASE-certified experts fit your vehicle with the perfect treads for your needs.

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