When you buy a new set of tires, you will probably wonder how long they will last before you need to buy new ones.
Unfortunately, it’s not always possible to predict when tires should be replaced based on their calendar age alone. Several factors come into play: Exposure to the elements, regularity of use, and the quality of care (maintaining proper inflation pressure, wheel alignment, etc.) will all influence how long your tires will last.
To get the most life out of your tires make sure that you follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for rotation and alignment. When you purchase your tires, the manufacturer will provide an estimate of how many miles the tire can travel (this is called a tire mileage warranty), but it is important to note that estimate is based on driving the tire in ideal conditions.
Visit your local Best-One if you have any concerns about the life of your tires or for help determining which tires are right for your vehicle.
By Roger Clark, Best-One® Tire & Service Expert Panelist
Perhaps one of the most nerve racking things to happen while driving, other than an accident, is a tire blowout. There are a few “to do” and “not do” items that will help you stay calm and maneuver your vehicle to safety.
Let’s start with the two things you should NOT do during a tire blowout:
- Do not step on the brake. Applying the brakes will cause greater imbalance on the vehicle’s stability.
- Do not abruptly remove your foot from the accelerator. The quick release of the accelerator will cause the vehicle to transfer its weight from the rear tires to the front tires. This can lead to loss of control of the vehicle.
Now that you know what not to do let’s focus on the three things you SHOULD do in case of a blowout:
- Gradually release the accelerator.
- Gradually correct the steering of the vehicle to stabilize your vehicle and regain control. Steer in the direction you want your vehicle to go.
- Once you have stabilized the vehicle continue to slow down and pull off to the nearest, safest location.
These do’s and don’ts apply for both front and back tire blowouts. The only difference between the two is what you feel in the vehicle; for a front blowout you will feel it more in your vehicle’s steering, in a rear blowout you will feel in more in the seat and body of the vehicle.
Knowing the right way to handle a blow-out will help keep you safe on the roads. Stay safe and contact your local Best-One® with any questions you might have.
By John Miller, Best-One® Tire & Service Expert Panelist
When done at the recommended intervals, rotating your vehicle’s tires can prolong balance handling and traction and even out tire wear. Tire rotation can even provide performance advantages!
General driving and wear reduces a tire’s tread depth. Ensuring all of your vehicle’s tires to wear evenly is crucial because it allows the tires to respond to the driver’s input more quickly, which maintains the handling capabilities and increases the tire’s cornering traction. If tires are not rotated properly and often enough your risk for uneven wear increases, thus decreasing the life of your tires. Additionally, many front wheel drive vehicles will wear tires much faster on the front than on the rear, and regular rotations will keep all 4 much similar in tread depths.
For typical rotating patterns when tires are the same size and type, check out this guide:
Visit your local Best-One for all your tire and rotation needs. Want more information on rotation? Visit our Expert Panel.
By Jim Channel, Best-One® Tire & Service Expert Panelist