Driving Habits That Can Kill Your Tires


Good tires are not cheap. Even the least expensive options still represent a healthy investment for most people, so it is important that you do everything you can to extend the life of your tires to keep the cost of car ownership down.

How you drive has a big impact on the health of your tires. Poor driving habits can have you shopping frequently at tire dealers. Cincinnati is fortunate enough to have McCluskey Chevrolet, which offers exceptional prices on quality tires. However, spending zero dollars is always the best deal.

Here are a few driving habits that can shorten the life of your tires — and you should therefore avoid:

Taking Off Too Quickly

You know that sound that your tires make when you shoot off from a red light like you’re speeding off the starting line at a race track? That squealing and whining? That’s the sound of your tires spinning against the asphalt fruitlessly. Instead of the tread gripping the road and propelling your car forward, the tires are turning against the road, leaving behind bits of rubber. In fact, you’ll probably even see a long, black streak behind you if you look.

The more you take off quickly like that, the faster you will wear down your tires. The tread will thin, and the tires will lose their grip. Over time, the tires will become vulnerable to failure.

Taking Turns Too Quickly

We’ve all done it before: We’re driving along not paying attention and realize we are about to miss our turn, and we suddenly become racecar drivers taking the turn at the last second at speeds that are not entirely safe.

The problem is if you do this too often, you will wear down your tires. Just as happens when you take off too quickly, taking turns too quickly will leave rubber on the road, wearing down the tread on your tires.

Always take your time and slow down well in advance of turns. Your tires will thank you, and so will your pocketbook.

Stopping Too Quickly

Starting to notice a theme? Basically, doing anything too quickly in your car is bound to have some adverse affects on your tires, if not other components of your vehicle.

We all have to stop suddenly on occasion — after all, we can’t control everything that other drivers do. However, you should make it your policy to always stop over plenty of distance. Not only will you save your tires, but you’ll also keep your car safer (and all its inhabitants).

Driving at Top Speeds

Driving at high speeds may make you feel the thrill of an adrenaline rush, but it will also wear down your tires and your car faster. At high speeds, your tires will generate a great deal of friction with the road, as well as very high heats. Prolonged exposure to high heats will soften the rubber and weaken the tire. Over time, this will put the tire at risk of failure. A blowout at high speeds can be catastrophic, significantly increasing your risk of serious injury.

Your tires have a speed rating stamped right on the side wall. Do not exceed those speeds or drive near those limits for prolonged periods of time.

Unless you’re an amateur racer with access to a weekend track, there’s really no reason for you to be putting your car through its paces anyway. Stick to safe speeds to protect your car and your tires.

Driving Heavy Loads

Your tires also have a rating for maximum weight, which is also printed on the side wall. Your tires won’t explode instantly if you exceed that weight, but they will weaken and become vulnerable to failure.

Driving with heavy loads threatens your tires in two ways: By increasing the temperatures to which your tires are exposed and by increasing the pressure inside the tires. If you find yourself regularly needing to haul heavy loads, it’s time to either buy premium tires that can handle the extra weight or to invest in a truck. Just because it can fit in your car’s trunk doesn’t mean it should.

Driving Haphazardly Over Road Debris

In an ideal world, all roads would be smooth and free of debris. Unfortunately, you are likely to find a number of unfriendly obstacles on the road, including pot holes, steel plates, uneven seams, branches, roadkill, gravel, glass and more. Even if this debris does not puncture your tire, it can cause your tires to wear down unevenly.

If you notice road debris, or if you have to drive over rocky paths or gravel, drive slowly and carefully. Avoid these obstacles as much as you can. If you know that a particular stretch of road is in poor condition, take another route until the road can be repaired.

The best driving habits for your safety are also the best driving habits for your tires. Slow down, take turns more carefully, give yourself plenty of distance to brake, and steer clear of road hazards and you’ll preserve your tires while also reducing your risk of an accident.

Tire failure doesn’t always manifest itself as a flat or a blowout. If your tires are wearing down or the seams are bulging, you may notice a rumbling as you drive, feel vibrations, or feel the car pulling to one side. When tread wears down, you may also notice that your car loses traction in water or that it takes you longer to brake.

When you are ready for new tires, it’s time to visit McCluskey Chevrolet, one of the top tire dealers Cincinnati residents trust. McCluskey Chevrolet sells a range of high-end, name brand tires for all types of vehicles and driving needs. We offer affordable prices on individual tires, as well as special offers when replacing all four tires. Our tires come with warranties that verify their longevity. Visit us today to buy the tires you need for improved performance and safety.