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Although there is no way to make your tires last forever, safe and careful driving can help reduce the chances of tire damage, wear, and even blowouts. Stay aware on the road and avoid these five things tires hate.

1. Rubbing the curb while parking.

The shoulders and side walls of an automobile tire are less durable than the tread area because they are not protected by tread blocks or a steel belt. If you scrape the sides of your tires along a curb while parallel parking, you quickly shorten the life of them. Continually bumping into curbs when parking diagonally can also damage the shoulders and sidewalls of a tire quickly by wearing the rubber down.1

2. Potholes, especially the asphalt kind.

All potholes can damage your tires, but potholes on asphalt roads are the most destructive. The potholes on an asphalt-covered road have sharp, unforgiving edges. The rims of asphalt-road potholes force a tire to flex and stretch, which can cause abrasions, punctures, and tears. The greater the speed with which a driver hits these types of potholes, the greater the odds are of tire damage or failure occurring which means the purchase of a new set. 2

3. Sudden starts and stops.

Accelerating and stopping rapidly damages the treads of a tire more quickly than any other driving action. Breaking the surface tension between tires and the road creates tremendous friction that eats away at the treads. The more cautiously a driver accelerates and brakes, the longer the vehicle's tire treads will last. 3

4. Gravel-covered roads.

The three-quarter-inch rock on gravel-covered dirt roads is made of crushed quarry rock. It is sharp and jagged and does more damage to standard tires than almost any other driving surface does. If a vehicle is equipped with off-road tires, gravel-covered dirt roads are not a major concern, but tires designed for highway travel do not typically fare well on gravel roads. 3

5. Running over debris in the road.

Watch for falling items from vehicles ahead of you or other debris that may have ended up on the road. Things like tools, branches, and even roadkill can puncture your tire or wear it down unevenly. Scanning the road far ahead of you will give you room to stop or change lanes and safely avoid something that could cause a tire blowout. Traveling at a safe speed will also help give you more time to respond. 4

When it’s time to replace your tires, find a shop near you that accepts the Synchrony Car CareTM credit card and take advantage of promotional financing* on purchases of $199 or more.

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