Having a complete understanding of tire care will help you to keep your tires in good shape longer while they are on your car and even when you are storing them. The information here will help you to know what to do in different situations to prevent early deterioration of your tires and how to avoid other issues.
Have your tires rotated and balanced
As life gets busy, it can be easy to forget to take your car in to have the tires rotated and balanced. However, this can cause the tires to wear unevenly and even lead to the car's alignment getting off balanced. Mark your calendar and make it a point of having the tires rotated and balanced.
Replace tires together
Even if you have something happen to just one tire, when you have one replaced, it is always better to have the entire set replaced together. You can keep one or more of the current tires being replaced as spares if they are still in good condition. You should also go with the same brand of tires so they have the same tread on them.
Don't do burnouts
Some people find it exciting to do burnouts, especially the younger crowd. However, when you do a burnout on the street, it causes some of the tread to be melted off the surfaces of your tires; this is what leaves the black streaks you see left behind on the roadway. This will cause the tread on your tires to wear more quickly, leaving you to replace your tires sooner than you otherwise would have had to.
Store tires correctly
If you are taking your tires off for the season, you want to store them flat instead of on their sides. This will prevent them from becoming misshapen. Store them in the house or another area where the temperature is regulated if possible so they aren't exposed to extreme weather conditions.
A patch-plug is the only permanent repair
If you drive over something that causes a hole in your tire you may be able to have the tire repaired. If you have it repaired with a patch or a plug, then you should consider the repair temporary and replace the tire as soon as you can. However, if you have the tire repaired with a combination patch-plug, then you should be able to get the lifetime, or close to it, out of that tire.
For more information on taking care of your tires, contact a company such as Evans Tire & Service Centers.