Top tips for how your frugal family can save money on car tyres

26 April 2016
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Tyres can be a considerable investment for a family on a budget, and finding the money in your tight budget to replace a worn or blown tyre can be difficult. If your frugal family wants to save money on car tyres and prevent premature replacement, check out these top tips.

Keep the tyre pressure in check 

One of the cheapest and easiest ways to extend the life of your car tyres is to maintain the right tyre pressure. If your tyre pressure is too low the tread will wear rapidly on the edges of the tyre, which will in turn result in premature tyre replacement, potential tyre failure, and even higher consumption of fuel. By regularly driving on underinflated tyres, you may lose 20% of the lifespan of your tyres, and replacing them up to 8,000km earlier than necessary. Checking your tyre pressure fortnightly will prevent excessive wear on your tyres, adding up to a considerable saving over time. Take the opportunity to show your older children how to check tyre pressure, so that when they have their own car in the future they'll know all about how to inflate their tyres correctly and why it's a valuable practice.

Have your tyres rotated and aligned regularly

Driving on misaligned wheels for an extended period of time will cause uneven wear, leading to premature replacement. Similarly, neglecting to rotate your tyres periodically will cause your tyres to wear quicker than they need to. To encourage even tread wear in your tyres to save your family the cost of premature replacement, have your tyres rotated every 5-10,000km, and have a wheel alignment performed by your local tyre specialists as necessary. This way, you will keep your family safe while saving money that you can put towards a family driving holiday on your car's frugal tyres.

Drive frugally

If you're frugal in the supermarket and the kitchen, there is no reason why this practice shouldn't extend to your driving. By braking too quickly, speeding, turning corners sharply and accelerating rapidly, you are unwittingly reducing the lifespan of your tyres. Practice driving calmly and frugally to save your tyre tread, and when it comes time to teach your children how to drive, encourage them to drive frugally for both economical and safety reasons.

For more information on how to get the most out of your car tyres, ask your local professional tyre dealer for expert advice.