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Motoring Tips to Get the Best From Your Tyres

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Extending the life of your tyres means lowering the average cost per mile that you drive. Simply put, the fewer number of times that you need to exchange your tyres for new ones, the lower your overall expenditure on your car will be. Having said that, the reasons for keeping your car's tyres in good condition extend well beyond mere economics. Driving in a way that keeps your tyres working well means that you will maintain better traction on the road, which could be essential to your safety if you need to brake in an emergency. How should you adjust your driving style to keep your tyres operating well?

Pull Away Slowly

When you are stationary, it is often tempting to put your foot down and to dump the clutch so that you feel a jolt of acceleration as you pull away. This may be a style of driving that makes being behind the wheel more fun, but it makes your tyres suffer, as well. Unless you are pulling away on an uphill incline, switch to second gear for moving off. This will allow you more control as you drive and will mean that you are much less likely to suffer a wheel spin, thereby wearing your tyres down.

Check Your Tracking

A regular confirmation of your tyre alignment will mean that your wheels operate in an efficient way. Not only will this save you money in terms of the fuel you use, but it will mean your tyres continue to wear evenly. Tyres which are not aligned in parallel with one another tend to wear out more rapidly on either their outer or inner rims, depending on the nature of the misalignment. This means that tyres which are 90 per cent good will become illegal to drive on because one small section of them has tread which has worn away prematurely.

Keep Your Tyres Inflated

If you are in the habit of driving on tyres which are a little flat, then they will wear down too quickly. Under-inflated tyres are less efficient to drive on than properly pumped up ones. They also flatten out when they are in contact with the road's surface. This means that a greater proportion of the tyre is exposed to wear and tear than it ought to be for every revolution. Driving on under-inflated tyres means you are going to be paying for a new set sooner than you otherwise ought to be.