A new set of tires can be a significant investment. High-quality tires for a speedy sports car or rugged SUV can easily run over $500 per set and are sometimes more than $500 per tire. So if you can extend the life of your tires and not have to buy a new set, you can save some serious cash.
There are three basic keys to improving tire longevity: pressure, rotation and alignment.
Tire pressure is something you should check regularly. Having pressure that’s too high or too low can cause the tread to wear out more quickly. Low pressure is also a primary cause of blowouts.
Check the pressure when the tires are cool, before you start driving for the day.
The correct pressure for your vehicle will be listed in the owner’s manual or in the vehicle information printed inside the driver’s side door.
Tires wear differently depending on where they’re located on the car and whether you’re driving a rear-wheel, front-wheel or all-wheel-drive vehicle. By periodically rotating your tires and moving them to a different corner of the vehicle, you can balance out the tread wear evenly and maximize the number of miles you get from a set of tires.
The one key to improving tire longevity that gets overlooked the most is alignment. And though alignment is something that you do less frequently than rotating or checking the pressure of the tires, a car that’s out of alignment can cause problems for tread wear, handling and safety. A mechanic should be able to tell if you need an alignment based on the wear patterns of your tires.
Taking care of tire pressure, rotation and alignment can save you money in the long run. However, so can leasing a vehicle. With short-term lease transfers, you’ll likely never have to replace a tire before you replace the car itself. You’ll always be driving a late-model car with low monthly payments and no out-of-warranty repair bills. To learn more, contact the leasing experts here at Swapalease.com.
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