How to Make Your Tires Last Longer

Row of tires

Tires are expensive, so we understand if you’d like to develop a strategy for getting long-life tires. Take a moment to read our tips on how to maximize the lifespan of your tires. Then, if you find yourself in need of tire replacement or tire maintenance, reach out to the Performance Mercedes-Benz tire centre for assistance in St Catharines!

Causes of Tire Tread Wear

First things first, let’s take a moment to go over the different types of tread wear that Niagara-on-the-Lake drivers need to look out for. After all, part of ensuring your tires are long-life tires is knowing how to keep tabs on them. Here are the primary types of tire tread wear:

  • Centre Wear: If your tires are overinflated, you may begin to notice some centre tread wear. If the tire looks healthy overall, deflate it to the proper PSI levels listed in your owner’s manual.
  • Edge Wear: If you’ve been driving on underinflated tires, you’ll notice wear at the edges.
  • Inner & Outer Wear: If your wheels are balanced and your tires are misaligned, you’ll see wear on the inner and outer walls of the tire.
  • Patchy Wear: If you notice patches in your tread, it could be another sign that your wheels aren’t balanced.
  • Cupping Wear: If you notice scallops on your tire tread, there’s likely an issue with your suspension, and you should get in touch with a mechanic immediately.

Tips for Getting Long-Lasting Tires

Now that Pelham drivers better understand the different types of tread wear, take a moment to review our tips for how to make your tires last longer:

  • Regularly Check Your Tire Pressure: As you may have guessed from the previous section, improper tire inflation causes all sorts of tread wear. Make sure to check your tire pressure and fill them to the recommended PSI in your owner’s manual each month.
  • Perform Regular Tire Rotations: Tires don’t wear evenly, so it’s important that you rotate them every 8,000 km to help them wear more evenly, as uneven tire tread wear can increase tread wear across the board.
  • Balance Your Tires: Make sure to have your tires and wheels balanced, or you’ll end up with inner wear, outer wear, or patchy wear!
  • Inspect the Vehicle Alignment Every 6 Months: If your steering wheel begins to shake, or your vehicle begins to drift while driving, your suspension needs an alignment. An improperly aligned vehicle can result in cupping in your tread!
  • Use Winter Tires in Winter and All-Season Tires the Rest of the Year: If you live in St Catharines, you experience brutal winters, and driving with anything less than true winter tires is not only dangerous but ensures your tires will take a beating. While all-season tires are perfect for the other three seasons, winter tires are a necessity when you live this far north.

Maintain or Replace Your Tires at Performance Mercedes-Benz in St Catharines

Do you have other questions about how to make your tires last longer? Do you need tire maintenance? Or would you like to purchase long-life tires from Performance Mercedes-Benz? Whatever your needs, call us at 905-685-1136. And while you’re here, take a moment to read our overview of the differences between winter tires and all-season tires!


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