Keep them clean
When washing you vehicle it may seem pointless to hose down the tyres, they will only get dirty again after all. Do not fall into this easy trap, instead make sure that you go the extra mile and clean your tyres thoroughly. A rinse with a hose, followed by brushing them can remove built up dirt from the tyres themselves and also clean off any brake dust. After your tyres are spotless, protect them from further grime with a layer of polish or wax. Washing your tyres is also an excellent opportunity for you to inspect them and make a note of any wearing, especially if it is uneven.
Even if you do not clean your vehicle so regularly, you must make sure to give your tyres frequent inspections roughly every month or so. You need to keep an eye out for splinters or any other sharp objects stuck in your tyre treads. Even a small stone can cause wear on the rubber over time, and even lead to punctures and other issues.
Unsurprisingly, the best place to park your vehicle to protect its tyres is in a garage. However, many drivers do not have that option. Environmental factors can affect how quickly your tyres degrade, most notably direct sunlight and overexposure to water. Just like your skin getting a sunburn, the UV rays in sunlight can damage your car's tyres so try to park in the shade as often as possible. Parking your vehicle in standing water can also lead to tyre trouble, so try to ensure that your parking space also has good drainage.
How you drive
Aggressive or dynamic styles, most commonly evidenced by excessive braking and acceleration, can cause more wear and tear on your tyres. Where you drive is also an important factor. Driving vehicles off-road, even 4x4s, will cause non-specialist tyres to wear out much faster. By contrast, the smooth tarmac of motorways and most city centres will provide less friction and so allow your tyres to last longer.
We hope this article helps you to keep your tyres in good condition for as long as possible. Remember, a stitch in time saves nine.