Cheap Tires Or Driver Negligence?

Getting a great deal on cheap tires can often be a real blessing, but in some cases it can be a curse if you are not careful in choosing the right tires. Buying a set of cheap tires that are faulty is only going to cost you more money in the end. But with that said, not all tire problems are caused due to the tires.

In many instances, it can be the driver creating the tire problem. Here’s a look at some common problems with tires that can be due to either cheap tires or driver negligence.

Tire Leaks

This is one of the most common tire problems. Low tire pressure is the primary factor in tire wear and failure. Unfortunately, it is most often driver negligence behind the problem. You should be checking your tire pressure at least once a month…with a gauge. Just eyeballing the tire isn’t going to give you an accurate reading.

Of course, it is possible that certain types of cheap tires can be behind the cause of low air pressure. In many cases it can be due to faulty valve stems. Other reasons may even be something like a nail or screw stuck in the tire and causing a very slow air leak.

Tire Alignment

This is an area most often overlooked by car owners. Regardless of whether you just got your best deal on cheap tires or you spend $1500 on the finest set of tires, you need to get an alignment done at the same time. Mis-alignment can wear out a set of tires in only a matter of a few months. If you have ever had it happen to you then you know what I mean.

The best advice is to go ahead and spend a little extra money and get your vehicle aligned while you get your new tires put on.

Rotating Tires

With today’s tires, having them rotated every 5,000 or 10,000 miles is not necessary. Tests have shown that rotating your tires does not necessarily increase tire life at all. Sometimes it can even make for a harsher ride due to the unique wear pattern that has already been established.

Although cheap tires will always get the brunt of the blame when problems arise, I think you can see that driver negligence is behind the causes more often than not. The key to longer tire life is to check your tires out a regular basis like when you fill up with gas. A quick inspection can literally save you money down the road.