3 Giant Mistakes To Avoid When You're Trying To Prolong The Life Of Your Worn Tires

When your tires are starting to get ragged and worn, the best thing to do is go ahead and have them replaced. However, as life usually goes, it is not always feasible to invest in a new set of tires as soon as you realize you need them. While you may not be able to prolong the life of your tires forever, what you can do is baby your well-worn treads until you do get the money for a new set. There are a few BIG mistakes to avoid when you are trying to prolong the life of your worn out tires. 

Mistake: Towing a trailer or hauling a heavy load. 

Why? When your tires are worn, it is already stressing on them to carry your vehicle as it is. Adding extra weight—whether you are hauling something heavy on the bed of your truck or towing a trailer—will just put more pressure on your tires. Therefore, if your tires are already looking pretty worn and you want them to last as long as possible, it is best to forgo the heavy hauling or leave it to someone else. 

Mistake: Not braking slowly and coming to sudden stops. 

Why? Sudden application of your breaks as you are traveling in your car will mean that your tires will grip the road suddenly and possibly even skid slightly. Skidding on tires that have major treadwear could easily lead to a broken belt, puncture, or blowout. Make sure you keep your driving habits in check by allowing yourself plenty of room to stop and braking gently when your tires are wearing thin. Even though sometimes sudden stops are unavoidable, you can easily make a difference by using controlled stop methods most of the time. 

Mistake: Driving your vehicle on rough terrain. 

Why? You may not be able to avoid the occasional pothole or bout of gravel, but if your tires are already in bad shape, it is best to avoid rough driving surfaces as much as possible. Steer clear of country backroads with gravel coatings and take it easy when you are traversing over city streets that are in rough shape. 

Your outdated tires may not be able to withstand several more years, but with a little care and caution, you can easily prolong their life. If you need help obtaining a new set of tires or want more tips, check with local tire shops in your area for more information.