How can you extend the life of your tires?

How can I protect my tires? I just got new ones because I didn't take very good care of my last set; I don't want to repeat my mistakes with this new set.

Answer
Regularly maintaining your vehicle and its parts can be overwhelming, so understandably, some things fall to the wayside. Luckily, there are a few things you can do to extend the life of your new tires.
First, you’ll want to be aware of your driving. When you put unnecessary force on your tires, they wear faster. Some driving habits can wear down your tire tread quickly, like:
  • Braking and accelerating quickly
  • Taking sharp turns
  • Hitting curbs
If you wear down your tire treads, you run the risk of slipping or skidding in wet weather. It can also be more difficult to brake quickly.
Apart from your driving, regular maintenance of tires is also important. Maintaining your tires looks like:
  • Monitoring inflation levels and maintaining the recommended PSI for your tires and vehicle
  • Checking regularly for any damage
  • Wheel alignment
  • Rotation
Having your tires rotated and aligned regularly can extend the life of your tires significantly. If your state requires mandatory inspections every year, they will also check your tires.
Anytime you take your car in for maintenance, inquire about the state of your tires. You should also consult your car’s owner’s manual to determine the recommended maintenance schedule for your vehicle.
Poor or irregular maintenance of your tires does pose a driving risk. You may slide in the rain or ice, or breaking will be less effective. If you get into an accident becase of your tires, you want to ensure you have the best coverage to protect you and other drivers.
If you want help reviewing your policy, try using the Jerry app. Jerry automatically reviews your policy every six months to verify you’re getting the best rates for the coverage you want. And the best part–Jerry does this for free.”
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Emily Maracle
Answered on Sep 10, 2021
Emily Maracle is a car insurance specialist living in New York. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, she has a degree in English Literature and a background in customer service. She enjoys cooking, gardening, and living sustainably. In the future, she can't wait to upgrade to a hybrid or electric car.
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