What Causes Tires to Wear Unevenly?

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A great deal of your car’s performance over time depends on your tire tread wear. Things like your driving style in Minot and driving on rough roads are what cause tires to wear unevenly. The service centers at Ryan Family Dealerships have some tips that can help your tire tread wear out slower.

Why Tire Tread Wear Matters

Your tire tread grips Williston roads to give you control, especially in snowy, icy, muddy, or rainy conditions. When your tire tread wears down and gets shallow or uneven, just like when brakes wear down, it can make a ride slippery or down-right dangerous. There are two major causes for uneven tire tread wear. Read on to learn how to avoid them:

Improper Inflation Pressure

When your tires are properly inflated, you’ll get easy acceleration, strong braking and turning, and proper weight distribution, which leads to even tire tread wear. That weight distribution gets thrown off if a tire is under-inflated or over-inflated, making the tire that bears more weight work harder, which leads to faster wear. You’ll notice this if your ride feels unsteady. It’s easy to keep track of your tire inflation. Start by checking your owner’s manual to see what’s the proper tire inflation for your vehicle. A tire pressure gauge is small and inexpensive. Use it once a month and adjust your tire inflation accordingly.

Proper tire pressure puts your car in the best possible position for easy acceleration, braking, and turning, as well as optimized weight distribution. When tires are too low or too high, they may start working extra hard to perform, causing additional wear and tear. You may start to notice your tires are uneven if your ride becomes less comfortable or feels unsteady.


If your tires aren’t aligned properly, it means they’re not perpendicular to the road. You’ll feel this in your steering, and your suspension might be affected as it tries to give you control. Misalignment can happen when you hit a pothole, curb, or other unexpected bumps.

Keep Your Tires in Shape with Ryan Family Dealerships

With the knowledge of what causes tires to wear unevenly, contact Ryan Family Dealerships when it’s time to take care of your tires. In the meantime check out our car service tips and tricks, including How Often to Rotate Your Tires, to learn easy ways to keep your car running great on streets.

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