How long your tires last can be affected by how well the steering and suspension is working your car. Tire wear can be affected by driving habits, road conditions (potholes etc.), and the frequency of regular maintenance of the car’s chassis.
So how do you insure that regular maintenance to your chassis of your car is done? Consider having your regular oil change completed by an ASE Certified Mechanic at a repair shop that offers complete auto repair. When the oil change service is performed the mechanic will inspect your tires for abnormal wear. Abnormal tire wear patterns can identify problems with the steering and suspension of the car. Cupping of the tire tread may be an indication that the shocks and/or struts are worn and needing replacement. Cupping may also indicate that the tires are in need of balancing. If the tires are wearing on the edges the wheel alignment should be checked. The mechanic will also inspect the steering and suspension components such as ball joints, bushings, and tie rod ends for excessive movement which would cause changes in the wheel alignment.
You can also pay attention to the following symptoms while driving your car that would indicate problems with your steering and suspension. Symptoms such as pulling to one side as your driving or braking, excessive noise or vibration, or loss of control, are reasons to have your mechanic inspect your car.