Tires are not cheap, so most people want to do all that they can to make sure that their tires are kept in as good of condition as possible for as long as possible. Thankfully, taking proper care of your tires can greatly extend their life and can also make them much safer for you to drive on. And most of the time, these things are fairly simple and won't take too much time and/or effort on your part. This article will discuss 2 basic things that you can do to extend the life of your tires. 

Keep The Appropriate Air Pressure In Your Tires 

If you have too much or too little air in your tires, this can lead to a variety of tire problems. Your tires may wear out unevenly because of the different air levels in each of them, or they may not hit the road properly due to too much or too little air. This can also cause your tires to wear out faster overall, which means you will have to replace them sooner than you'd like. On top of this, tires that are too full or not full enough are also going to negatively effect your gas mileage. Perhaps the scariest part of having tires with the improper amount of air is that the tires can actually fail on you because of this, either by popping or going completely flat. The best way to prevent this from happening is to check the air pressure in your tires on a regular basis, with the most important times being when the weather is changing and when you are going on a long road trip. 

Have Your Tires Rotated And Aligned

Another simple thing that you can do is take your car into the shop to have your tires rotated and aligned. This is something that generally won't take the mechanics more than an hour to do and it can greatly increase the life of your tires. Rotating your tires allows them to wear down evenly, which means that one tire isn't going to wear out before another one does. Having your tires aligned at this time is also incredibly important because it stops your car from pulling to one side or the other, which can cause extra wear on the tires on either side of your car. Knowing when to take your tires in to be rotated is also very easy because most shops that rotate your tires will place a sticker on your window that lets you know when you need to rotate your tires again. 

Contact a shop like Discount Tire Centers for more tips and information.