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If you’d like to extend the life of your car tires, improving the performance of both your tires and the car itself, then routine tire maintenance is imperative.

Inspect the pressure at least monthly.

The average tire for a passenger vehicle should be inflated to 35 psi (pounds per square inch). During regular usage, tires can deflate on average of about 1 psi per month (as stated on Michelinman.com). It obviously stands to reason, then, that psi should be checked no less than once a month. It is also recommended that you check your tires cold (that is, before a long drive). Improperly inflated tires (as Edmunds.com informs) can lead to poor vehicle handling, which can then have a negative impact on performance, and even put you at considerable risk. Keep in mind that your spare needs to be maintained, too. Ensure the right air pressure. Your automobile has specific standards regarding the air pressure for it’s tires. So don’t look for psi requirements on the tire. It’s best to consult the owner’s manual, or look inside the glove box, inside the fuel door, or on the door jamb for the exact specification of your vehicle. Decent valve caps are important. Having valve caps in proper working order helps maintain psi. The rubber valves can deteriorate with time, causing air leakage. Change your valve caps every time you change your tires.

Routine rotation is recommended.

Every six to eight thousand miles you need to have your tires rotated (as stated by Michelinman.com) by a tire store or auto garage. Moving the front tire to the back wheels, and back to front, is essential to ensure even wear patterns. This will prolong tread life, cutting unnecessary costs and freeing up time. Align your vehicle. When a car pulls hard to one side consistently when it’s moving along a flat surface, and extra effort is required to keep it going straight, then that car should be brought to an auto garage or tire store for an alignment. Tire balancing is important, too. If one part of a tire’s weight is unequally matched throughout the whole tire when mounted, it throws off the tire’s balance. This can create a shaking of you whole car at higher speeds, also causing the tires to wear out faster than normal.