The pain of having to call for mobile tyre fitting in Oxford is one that pretty much every motorist knows all too well. It’s no secret that these little bits of rubber that separate the car itself from the road beneath have a tendency to be quite bewilderingly expensive at the best of times. And of course, when and where you do find yourself in need of new tyres, it always tends to happen at the very worst of times either when you are in desperate need of transportation or have very little money on standby.
Still, on the plus side for those who would rather replace their tyres as infrequently as possible, there are various ways and means by which the life of your rubber can be extended. There are certain duties we all know we should be doing for the sake of both safety and performance with regard to our tyres, but in all honesty most tend to be overlooked or ignored.
So with this in mind, here is a quick look at a few incredibly common mistakes which if avoided will help ensure you get the very maximum value for money from your tyres:
Mistake One – Pressure Problems
First of all, to overlook the importance of maintaining ideal tyre pressures is to do little other than put your health and safety on the line while at the same time overspending. Or in other words it’s a lose-lose situation as not only do you end up wasting more money than you need to, you’ll be lucky if you get away without having an accident. Recommended tyre pressures aren’t communicated just for the sake of it – they are essential to ensure your tyres are able to do their job properly. Too much air or too little air results in excessive wear and tear across various parts of the tyre and will sooner or later lead either to damage or to an outright catastrophic failure.
Mistake Two – Tyre Rotation
The subject of whether or not tyres should be rotated is one of much debate, but the vast majority of experts agree that if done correctly and at the right time, it can be extremely beneficial. The process involves swapping the positions of each of the tyres on the car, most commonly by moving those from the back of the car to the front. This can help both extend the life of your tyres and improve overall safety as the tyres at the front of the car which are used for steering will inherently face more wear and tear than the rear tyres. As such, to swap them every now and again as required can help in keeping tyre-wear even across all four wheels.
Mistake Three – Incorrect Tyre Sizes
It sounds like the kind of mistake nobody would be daft enough to make, but you’d be surprised just how many motorists are out on the roads right now up and down the UK with entirely the wrong tyre sizes for their vehicles. It might seem as though there is little to no difference between one specific tyre size and another, and indeed the differences can be minor to say the least. Nevertheless, unless you have the exact tyre size and type that is recommended for your car, you cannot expect them to do the job for which they were intended. Never take any chances if unsure – speak to a professional for advice.
Mistake Four – Aggressive Driving
Admittedly, this crosses the line into preachy territory, but at the same time there is no tip in the world more effective when it comes to maximising the lifespan of car tyres than calming things down a little when it comes to driving style. The simple fact of the matter is that the more aggressive an individual drives, the more punishment their tyres receive on a day to day basis and the faster they will wear out. From aggressive acceleration to sudden breaking to overly-fast cornering and so on and so forth, just a few simple changes to driving habits really can add up to a huge difference.
Mistake Five – Cutting Corners on Quality
Last but not least, in the interests of saving money and spending as little as possible on new tyres, it is natural for a great many motorists to avoid premium brands for something considerably more affordable. Unfortunately, this more often than not turns out to be false economy as while they may be cheaper to buy in the first place, it’s inevitable that you will end up having to replace or repair them even more frequently. As such, it’s often a much better idea to spend more money in the first place on the tyres as they may be supplied with an extensive warranty which guarantees they will continue performing with perfection for the long-term.