If you aren’t a fan of taking your car to the garage for fear of being ripped off by a mechanic due to your lack of knowledge and feeling like they may exploit you, then fear not! There’s a load of different things that you can do yourself in order to prolong the life span of your car and its parts in order to avoid going to the garage unless it’s necessary.
Even then, there’s things that you can get people to come to you and help you with such as mobile tyre fitting. This is basically what it says on the tin; someone will come to you and fit your new car tyres for you there and then. Anyhow, here’s three great ways that you can further extend the lifespan of your car tyres.
Rotate, Rotate, Rotate!
If you rotate your tyres every 6,000 or so miles, you may find that they last a bit longer. If you know how to change a wheel on a car, this is pretty simple and straight forward to do. Grab yourself a car jack, get your car up in the air and trade your wheels between axles. In other words, move the driver’s side rear to the front and the front to the back.
Keep them on the same side of the car and avoid switching on the same axle as this will promote uneven tread wear and will likely end up being counterproductive.
Keep that Pressure in Check
This is one thing that can massively help to prolong the life of your tyres. First of all, you should check your vehicle’s owner manual to find out what the correct tyre pressure is for your car and then you need to take a tyre pressure gauge and hold it over your tyre’s air valve which allows the air to flow out and into the gauge which will then show you the pressure and you should ensure that all four of your tyres are evenly inflated.
You need to be careful of over and under-inflating your tyres as this can cause extensive wear on the tread of your tyres which, as with switching your tyres on the same axle, is counterproductive and will just lead to you need to change your tyres sooner than is necessary.
Examine for Cuts and Damage
This is a rather important one to make note of. You shouldn’t underestimate the chances of this happening to your tyres because the roads are full of debris and sharp objects all of which can harm your tyres. Even though they may not result directly in a burst tyre or a flat tyre, they can result in a slow puncture or there could be some internal damage which you can’t see but could just one day result in a blow out and if you’re on a long journey, this isn’t what you want.
Regularly checking for tyre damage could save you a lot of stress, money and potentially save you from a dangerous situation further down the line.