Tire treadwear plays a major role in how your vehicle performs around Waterloo over time. What causes tires to wear unevenly? Personal driving style, weather conditions, and terrain are all culprits. There are ways to ensure longer tire life and even tire tread wear, such as maintaining proper tire pressure and performing routine tire alignments. Learn more with the service pros at Auffenberg Ford. 

Why Tire Tread Wear is Important

The tread on your tires is designed to grip the road and give you control over a variety of driving conditions like rain, snow, or driving on unpaved roads. When tire tread wear is uneven or the tread is getting shallow, you won't have as much traction, which can make driving less safe. Here are the two biggest reasons why tire tread wear might be uneven: 

Improper Inflation Pressure 

Keeping your tires properly inflated not only gives you better traction and helps your tires wear evenly, but it will also help your fuel economy. Your owner's manual and the sticker inside your door will tell you what your tire pressure should be. Check your tire pressure once a month and keep your tires properly inflated. 

Misalignment

Getting your wheels aligned is part of regular maintenance, and it makes a big difference in helping your tires wear evenly. Tires can become misaligned for many reasons that include hitting a pothole, curb, or other bumps along the way. When your tires are properly aligned it ensures that the angles of your tires are correct and in contact with the road as they should be, which keeps your tire tread wear even. 

What Does Rotating Your Tires Do?

Why rotate tires at the Auffenberg Ford South Belleville service center? Tire rotation is part of regular vehicle maintenance that helps you stay safe on Mascoutah roads by helping your tires wear more evenly. If you're wondering how often to rotate tires, the answer varies based on what kind of drivetrain your vehicle uses. Your personal driving habits on Columbia roads can make a difference. In general, you'll want to go about 5,000-7,500 miles in between tire rotations. Bear in mind, all vehicles are different, so defer to your vehicle's owner's manual before you finalize your maintenance schedule. Even if you haven't reached your vehicle's recommended tire change interval, your tires should be rotated if your tread depth is less than 2/32 of an inch.

Keep Your Tires in Shape with Auffenberg Ford

Now that you know what causes tires to wear unevenly, if you're worried about your tire pressure or alignment, schedule a visit with Auffenberg Ford today. Don't forget to come to us for a great deal when it's time to replace your tires!