Responsible vehicle ownership requires regular maintenance and upkeep. One of the most critical elements of that maintenance is replacing your tires whenever needed.
How often are new tires needed? It depends on a number of factors, including the kind of tires you buy, the conditions in which you drive, and the amount that you drive. If you regularly take your car in for servicing, including an oil change or tire rotation, your technicians should let you know when your tires become too worn, alerting you to the need for replacement. (Most of the time, you’ll need tire replacement somewhere in the 65,000 to 100,000-mile range.)
It’s critical to stay on top of your tire replacement needs. In fact, replacing your tires can bring you a number of essential benefits. Meanwhile, driving on tires that are past their prime can compromise both the safety and the efficiency of your vehicle.
Reasons to Buy New Tires
Here are just a handful of the benefits to purchasing new tires for your vehicle.
- Safety. A new set of tires will make your vehicle better equipped to stop, turn, and go. In other words, it allows for greater control over the car, and for a nimbler response in potentially sticky situations.
- Fuel efficiency. Upgrading your tires can increase your fuel economy, too. That’s because, when your tires are old and worn-out, your vehicle has to work a lot harder just to put its power to the ground. As such, new tires can actually help you save money while ensuring your car is performing at an optimal level.
- Improved traction. The right set of tires can ensure that your car stays on the road even when road conditions are impaired, such as in intense rain, snow, or ice. This is another critical way of improving your vehicle safety.
- A smoother ride. Getting a new set of tires can actually improve your driving experience, too, both for you and for your passengers. New, strong tires will keep your journey from being too bumpy or noisy, and instead allow you to drive in relative quiet, comfort, and elegance.
One more thing to note is that, when you change your tires regularly, it helps prevent against damage to the wheels, axles, or other parts of your car. In other words, regular tire replacement is an important way to minimize further maintenance needs.
Are You Taking Care of Your Tires?
There are a few basic standards for tire care; every vehicle owner should be aware of the following recommendations:
- Check your tire pressure monthly, ensuring that it’s at the factory-recommended psi level.
- Have your tires rotated every time you have your oil changed.
- If your tire lights come on, make sure you inflate them or have them serviced ASAP.
- Talk to your service technician about when your tires should be replaced.
- Do your homework, selecting the correct tires for your vehicle.
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