All-season tires can provide really great performance on the road if they are maintained properly. They are designed to handle a variety of road conditions, including wet roads, dry roads, and light snow. In low temperatures, the tread of the all-season tires hardens something that reduces the traction between the road and the tires. If the place you come from usually has icy or snowy roads in winter, you will need to have an extra set of winter tires specifically for the cold season. There are several things you need to do in order to maintain your all-season tires properly and get the most of them.
First of all, you need to drive carefully. If you are the kind of person who likes driving your car too fast, you may need to slow down a little bit if you want your tires to last.
Driving too fast and braking harshly causes the tires to overheat, something that in turn causes the sidewalls to weaken and potentially fail. Damage sidewalls would lead to tires losing air rapidly or exploding. This can be dangerous while you’re on the road as you can suddenly lose control of the vehicle.
This kind of driving can also cause small cracks to form on the tires. This would also increase the risk of a blowout. Always practice safe driving whenever you are on the road not only for the benefit of the tires but also for the benefit of the people you are carrying.
Avoid Dry Rot
Another thing that you can do in order to get the most of your all-season tires is to avoid dry rot. Dry rot typically happens when you leave your vehicle undriven for an extended period. Once dry rot surfaces, there’s only a matter of time left before the tires become unfit for driving.
Tires with dry rot allow air to escape the tire which will make it impossible to keep the tire properly inflated. They also develop leaks, holes, blowouts, and the tread separating for the rest of the tire entirely.
When you buy a vehicle, you should drive it at least once a month to heat up the tires and prevent the rubber from drying out too much. If circumstances force you not to use the car for an extended period, it would be a good idea to invest in a car cover or wheel covers to prevent harmful rays of the sun from damaging the tires.
Protect and Clean Your Tires
It is also a good idea to clean the tires if you want them to last longer. Tires can collect more grime than any other part of the vehicle. The brake dust and other elements that accumulate can potentially damage and shorten the lifespan of your tires. Cleaning the tires can help get rid of debris and corrosive dirt that can cause damage from staying on there for too long.
Whenever you clean the tires, always start with washing the wheels with soap and mild water. As for the tires themselves, you can scrub them with a soft bristled brush in order to get rid of stuck-on dirt and grime. After doing that, you can finish off by rinsing them with clean water.
Cars are always driven on a daily basis, so it’s vital for car owners should pay close attention to the condition of your tires will help protect your ride and ensuring that your trip is smooth and safe as possible.
Although we clean, sparkle, and shine our cars, we often forget every to check on everything. Tires are arguably an essential but neglected part of your vehicle. Extend your efforts on maintaining your vehicle beyond the engine and the frame.