Driving with worn down tires, or ones that are constantly leaking air, is dangerous and could be costing you extra money at the gas station. But the price of replacing these old and worn tires with ones with great tread and traction might be pretty costly. You can save money on costly tire replacement with our tips!

Replace Two at a Time

Of course, replacing two tires at a time instead of all four might not always be possible due to the amount of wear and tear on each. Usually, the front tires will wear more quickly than the back two. If it is possible to replace only two, you can rotate your two existing good tires to the front and place the two new ones on the back end.

Go Generic

Big brands might appear more attractive to some consumers, but there’s a chance that you might be paying too much for your tires just based on the brand. If you’re on a budget, go with a lesser-known brand, or the in-house brand of the tire shop you’re visiting. You can save quite a bit of money this way.

Have Your Wheels Aligned

Improper wheel alignment is one of the easiest ways to wear your tires down unnecessarily. By aligning your wheels every time your tires are replaced, you can even out the amount of weight on each tire as much as possible to extend their life. Doing this can even save you money on gas because of the reduced amount of friction that an uneven car can have with the ground. Reduced friction means your car has an easier time accelerating and meeting your needs, reducing gas mileage over time.

Take Your Car to a Reputable Shop

Reputable tire shops will have mechanics with training and the tools necessary to install your new tires and align your wheels properly the first time. Ask the shop manager about the training each mechanic goes through and about their continuing education process.

Less Wear on Your Car

Tires have the ability to add stress to your braking system and engine if not installed properly or replaced when necessary. By replacing your tires when necessary and ensuring they are installed properly, you put less stress on your entire car. You can extend the life of your car by knowing when to replace or rotate your tires.