Most people neglect their tyres. That’s too bad because with a little TLC, you can assure your tyres are safe to drive on and you can save a pile of money. With that mission in mind, here are some tips that you can use to keep cash in your wallet and reduce your risk.
Keep them inflated – We assume you know that under-inflated tyres cost you money. The reason: under-inflated tyres don’t roll as easily and this drops your gas mileage. By the way, Len Stoler Dodge of Maryland brings up an important point: the correct pressure to inflate your tyres is NOT what the pressure number stated on the actual tyre is. This is the maximum pressure. To find out what the pressure that you should inflate your tyres to is, look in your owner’s manual or on the inflation sticker on your front door jambs.
Buy them at the correct time – Did you know that if you buy your tyres off-season that you can save money? It’s simple, buy your winter tyres in the summer and summer tyres in the winter. Just think about it, retailers need sales year round and guess what they incentivise when product sales slow down – off-season goods!
Shop around – Most people don’t shop around for tyres, they just go for whatever the local tyre store recommends. Keep in mind, that there are always great deals somewhere when you are looking for tyres. Definitely look into the discount tyre retailers and look for coupons in the local papers. Keep your eyes peeled for rebates also.
Not all tyres are created equal – In areas that see winter weather, get a second set of winter tyres for safe driving. This will help guarantee sure-footing regardless of what Mother Nature has in store for you. A lot of people get a second set of rims and they keep their winter tyres and summer tyres separate
Don’t trash punctured tyres – There is absolutely nothing wrong with patching a tyre that has a hole in it. If you find a nail in the centre of your tread that is leaking air, bring it to your local dealer or repair facility and have them patch it. Sometimes it may be suggested that a new tyre would be better but that is not always the case. Typically a patch will cost $25 (£17.40) or so and should last the life of the tyre.
Don’t forget alignments – This final tip is more common sense than anything else. If your tyres show odd wear patterns (worn more on one edge than the other), get your vehicle’s tyres aligned. This is especially true if you get new tyres, it’s just smart to get an alignment and protect that investment!