Tires are a vital part of the vehicle. They need to be checked and cared for regularly to ensure that your car is safe for operation. Unfortunately, most car owners tend to overlook those four patches of rubber.

Proper maintenance extends the life of your tires. You can also make them last longer if you’re smart about how you drive. Use these tips to keep your tires in excellent condition and ensure they last as long as possible.

Keep them clean

Most car owners would clean their car regularly. Unfortunately, many of them don’t even realize that the tires need to be cleaned as well.

Tires can collect more grime than any other part of the vehicle. Keeping your tires clean will not only keep them looking great for years, it will also prevent brake dust and other elements from potentially damaging your tires.

Visual inspection

Tire damage often goes unnoticed. Often, owners find out that the tires are damaged when it’s already too late. Visually inspect your tires every week to make sure that they are in good condition. This way, you can have it repaired before it fails. This is a key component of extending the life of your tires.

Look out for cracks, punctures, gouges, and bulging pockets on the sidewall. Also, don’t forget to check tire tread depth regularly.

Check tire pressure

Over and underinflated tires can be dangerous and detrimental to your tires. As such, it is important to check your tire pressure regularly. This is to ensure that they remain at the recommended level.

Maintaining correct tire pressure helps optimize fuel economy and tire performance. It can also extend the life of your tires, so you don’t have to buy as often.  If you have no idea what the recommended level is, check for the number on the car door or on your owner’s manual.

Rotate tires

Tires wear out unevenly on most vehicles. If your vehicle is front wheel drive, the steer wheels will wear out faster than the tires on the rear axle. If you have a rear wheel drive vehicle, tires on the drive train portion will wear out faster. Rotate the tires on your vehicle every 5,000 to 7,000 miles so the tires wear at the same time.