Just as with any other part of your car, tires require regular maintenance to perform their best. Even if you are diligent about this, your tires will eventually wear out. However, premature or excessive wear requires professional attention.
Why Does Wear Matter?
If you don’t have enough tread on your tires, you simply cannot be safe on the road.
When your tire tread is inadequate, your wheels can’t grip the road properly. As a result, your ability to steer your vehicle, especially in wet or slick road conditions, will be compromised.
The shallower or more uneven the tread, the more easily you can lose traction.
Worn tires also are highly prone to blowouts. Under high speeds or in bad weather, this can result in a serious accident or rollover.
What Causes Early Wear?
Every vehicle is different, as are every driver’s habits. This also is true of tires — some may wear at different rates.
However, some factors can contribute to early wear, or can cause the tread to wear irregularly. If a tire isn’t inflated correctly, it will wear at a faster rate. This is the reason vehicle and tire manufacturers specify the correct pressures for both front and rear wheels.
Proper inflation optimizes handling, fuel economy, tire wear and safety.
Similarly, if your tires are not aligned properly, then their contact with the road can be uneven. Proper alignment means that the angle of the tires and their contact with the road is in accordance with manufacturer’s specifications.
If your tires are out of alignment, you will see uneven and premature wear.
Strategies to Stay Safe
The best way you can stay safe on the road and get the most from your tires is to check their pressure regularly — every month, especially when weather conditions fluctuate. If you notice unusual wear patterns on your tires, have a certified technician check your alignment.
One final note: Although it’s rare, defects in the tire manufacturing process do occur, especially in the case of lower-quality tires. Ask your mechanic to determine whether any unusual wear may qualify for replacement under warranty.
Stop by and see the experienced auto maintenance team at Viking Automotive in Midvale, Utah. We will be happy to check your tires for wear and provide you with the service and recommendations you need to keep you safe out on the roads.