AAA  Jun. 9, 2017 2:04 AM ET
Friday Test Prolong Tires
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Everyone knows that extending your tire life can save you time and money. The tires on your vehicle need to be properly maintained not only to prolong their lifespan, but to ensure you are safe while on the road. While a simple understanding of what supports your tires will help preserve the condition of your tires; there are also new technological solutions that are also helping consumers. Understand various aspects of your tires health will not only save you money and energy on your tires, but will also help ensure the condition of your car.

NVH Technology

Noise, vibration, and harshness (NVH), is the study of the noise and vibration characteristics of vehicles, particularly cars and trucks. With 240 million used cars on the road at an average age of 11.5 year, NVH is a tool that can supply the data needed to monitor the regular maintenance a car, particularly an older one, needs. Several companies are taking advantage of this data to provide technological solutions. “NVH technology can help more accurately and efficiently identify problems with tires, as well as other wearing parts,” said Nicolas Olivier, CEO of CarFit which is the maker of a vibration sensor that incorporates NVH technology. “This way, the driver can correctly identify a potential problem and repair it at the correct time - this way maximizing their investment in the part.”

Tire pressure

The easiest way to cause premature wear and damage to your tires is by having improper tire pressures. On average, perfect tires lose 1 psi monthly, and the pressure varies with the temperature. You will do best by checking the tire pressure every two weeks. Make sure to add when needed to keep the tires at their rated pressure. Watch for leaks, as even a slightly faster decrease in pressure can mean there is a problem with the tire. The quicker you have these issues repaired, the less extensive of an issue they become. Also, make sure your stored vehicles have proper tire pressure, and that the tires do not sit on one spot the entire time. If your vehicle is being stored outdoors, keep them covered to prevent weathering. Extremely low tire pressure can damage your rims and wheel assemblies. Correct Tire pressure should be at the top of your wear prevention list.

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