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Preventing the Need to Purchase New Tires

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Preventing the Need to Purchase New Tires

Levi Quinn (SubmitYOURArticle.com)
May 1, 2011


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Of course, buying a new set of tires for your vehicle is inevitable. Though today's brands work hard to produce heavy-duty rubber that can withstand a variety of environments, eventually everyone has to replace them. However, if you take care of your tires you can extend their life span and get more use out of them in the long run. Though this may seem like a simple maintenance routine, people often forget about their tires because they are not a part of their car that they interact with on a daily basis.

By following these tips, though, you can prevent the need to frequently buy new tires and get more out of the tires that you currently own:

• Wash them. Tires need to be cleaned, too. Even though they are made to have constant contact with the dirt and debris that has settled along the roads they should still be well taken care of. Washing your tires when you wash the rest of your car will also allow you to detect problems, such as low air pressure or a nail, before they become major problems.

• Keep air properly inflated. Each brand manufactures their tires to perform at their optimum level when inflated with a certain volume of air. You can quickly find out, through the Internet or your mechanic, what that proper amount of air is. With a cheap measuring tool and a few quarters, trips to the gas station to reach the right air pressure will extend the life of your tires and increase your car's gas mileage.

• Avoid debris. When driving, it is important to pay attention to what you are driving over. Busted glass, nails, wood, pieces of metal, and other kinds of debris can wreak havoc on your tires—causing everything from a blow out to a small puncture that will slowly release the air. Both consequences are pricey to repair, but a blow out can cause an accident and result in serious injury. Instead of trucking through whatever may lie in your way, play it safe and attempt to go around debris in the road.

• Perform regular maintenance. Rotating and balancing your tires may seem like a gimmick that oil changing companies use to squeeze a few more dollars out of your pocket, but in reality these are important to the life of your tires. By having these services performed, you can redistribute the wear and tear of the road and improve the way your car handles.

When it comes to taking care of your tires, these tips will help you avoid having to purchase a new set too often. Tires can get expensive, so doing your best to avoid replacing them will help your budget. Everyone knows that the economy has taken a dive and is not projected to recover fully anytime soon, but the truth of the matter is that taking care of your belongings and not simply replacing them anytime they show signs of wear are practices that will benefit both your budget and the environment.

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