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How to Take Care of Your Car's Tires

Car maintenance is the only thing that helps your car perform the way it was intended. The average car tires cost $137 per tire or more. For SUVs, tires cost at least $187 per tire. Here's what you need to know about caring for your car's tires.

Tire Rotations

Tire rotations help you get the most from your tires by helping them tread evenly. Evenly treaded tires ensure they last longer and are safer to drive. Tire rotations not only help your tires last longer, but they also help your car's engine and your car's overall performance.

Tire Pressure

You should check your tire pressure at least once a month. Make sure you inflate your tires when they need to be inflated, but don't overinflate them. Overinflating your tires can cause rapid wear in the center of your tires. You also need to make sure you're not underinflating your tires. Underinflated tires cause the outer edge of your tires to wear. The best time to check the tire pressure is first thing in the morning or after your car has been sitting for hours. During the winter, you will want to check your tire pressure more.

Tire Alignment

Tire alignment is a car maintenance task that is more essential than you may think. In general, your car's tires are supposed to run parallel to the ground. These circumstances change when you run over potholes and drive your car in general. If you drive over speed bumps incorrectly, without both tires rolling over the bump simultaneously, there's a good chance your tires can be nudged out of place. When you get a tire alignment, it ensures your tires don't wear prematurely and extends the life of your tires.

Overall Car Maintenance

Performing overall car maintenance on a regular schedule can prevent a lot of issues that can affect your tires. General car maintenance, such as oil changes, and car inspections can help prevent unnecessary issues with your car.

With the proper care, your car can last many years while safely getting you to and from your destinations. Properly caring for your tires is one way to ensure your car can serve you to the best of its ability.

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