Tires are a big investment for your vehicle. Just like any investment, you want to make sure to get the most out of your tires. Tires come in a variety of different mileage warranties. These warranties are determined by the tire manufacturer. A tire warranty is basically the lifetime the tire should last based on normal driving conditions and proper maintenance. There are several things you can do as a vehicle owner to gain the maximum amount of life expectancy from your tires.
Tires are known to lose on the average about 1 psi (pounds per square inch) a month based on normal usage. Maintaining proper tire pressure levels will extend the life of the tire but will also allow your vehicle to get better gas mileage and a more comfortable ride. Checking tire pressure is easy and only takes a couple minutes per tire. Make sure the tire pressure gauge matches the vehicle tire specifications usually located on the inside of the driver side door. If you decide to have your tires inflated with nitrogen gas, checking the tires' air pressure will not need to be done as often since nitrogen gas does not escape the tire as easily as compressed air, but consistently checking the tire pressure is still a good habit.
Regular rotation helps extend the life of your tires and improve performance. During rotation, each tire and wheel is removed from your vehicle and moved to a different position to ensure that all tires wear evenly and last longer. Tires should be rotated every six months or 6,000 to 8,000 miles (usually at every oil change).
It is important to inspect your tires once every month and before you begin a long road trip, check your tires for wear and damage problems. One easy way to check for wear is by using the penny test. All you have to do is grab your spare change and follow 3 easy steps.