Tire care tips for on the road
Worn-out tires have to do with driving style
How long a car’s tires last is largely in the hands of drivers themselves. “A quick-changing driving style, an unsuitable tire type, or the wrong inflation pressure can wear out a lot of tread and greatly reduce tires’ service life,” explains Christian Koch, tire expert at DEKRA.
- Slamming on the gas and cornering aggressively will reduce tire tread
- The pressure must be right if the tire is to last
- Regular tire checks are crucial
Ensuring the correct tire pressure is another important factor. Those who want to take good care of their tires on the road must stick to the specifications provided by the manufacturer, make sure pressure levels are suitable for the vehicle’s load, and regularly check up on these. “Maintaining the right pressure will mean the tire has the best possible contact patch with the pavement, resulting in low levels of abrasion,” Koch explains. If pressure levels go substantially higher or lower than this ideal range, it will produce an uneven wear pattern. Simply put, new tires will be needed sooner.
However, regular inspections are also indispensable for ensuring a long tire life – for example, to detect uneven wear or a “sawtoothing” tread pattern. Twice-yearly professional tire inspections are highly recommended, especially for all-season tires that are not changed in spring and fall.
In addition, the types of roads driven also have a noticeable influence on tread durability and achievable tire mileage. On flat surfaces, a tire will achieve a much higher mileage than in a hilly landscape. This stems from the much higher acceleration and braking power that the tire transmits to the road on uphill and downhill gradients, which inevitably comes at the cost of heavier abrasion. Mileage and all else being equal, this means a tire will wear out faster in the mountains than on flat terrain.