Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: What driving habits should be avoided to enhance tire life?

asked by on

What driving habits should be avoided to enhance tire life?

Keeping your tires in good shape requires more than just keeping an eye on tire wear and air pressure. It also means practicing safe driving habits and avoiding bad habits. What should you avoid doing? Here are some of the things that will have a significant negative impact on your tire life and even your overall safety:

  • Speeding: The faster you drive, the less time you have to react and the more wear you put on your tires.

  • Fast starts and stops: Staring and stopping quickly can add a lot of wear to your tires, as well as to other components.

  • Hard/at speed turns: Taking turns to quickly will definitely affect tire wear, but it can also lead to rollovers in a vehicle with a high center of gravity like your SUV.

  • Potholes and road debris: Everything you hit in the road, from potholes to debris, has a direct impact on your tire life.

  • Curbs: “Curbing” is never a good thing. Running over curbs, or striking one with the sidewall of your tire, can cause a blowout.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: What should I know about using the electronic compass?

If your car is equipped with an electronic compass, you’ll find it displayed in the center information console (note: this is not available on all Fusions). It provides handy direction information, but there are a few things you should know:...

Q: The message center in my dashboard keeps saying "TIRE PRESSURE SENSOR FAULT".

Hello There, Unfortunately, this is a tough battle when it comes to the tire pressure monitor sensors and large fluctuations in weather temperatures. For every 10° drop in air temperature outside your tires will lose about 1% in PSI or...

Q: Ticking sounds coming from the hood and weird noise of the tires

A ticking that changes frequency in line with engine RPM can be an indication of a collapsed lifter. Replacing a lifter requires a good amount of the upper engine to be taken apart to swap it out. It is hard...

Related articles

P0052 OBD-II Trouble Code: HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1)
P0052 code definition HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1) What the...
Rules of the Road For Iowa Drivers
Driving on the roads requires knowledge of the rules, many of which are based on common sense and courtesy. However, even though you know the rules in...
How Much Does a Mechanic Make in Vermont?
Automotive technician jobs in Vermont have an average mechanic salary of $37k, with some mechanics earning a salary of $53k.