What Causes Tires to Wear Unevenly?

The way the tread wears on your tires plays an important role in how your car, truck, or SUV performs. Causes for your tires to wear unevenly include weather conditions, road conditions, and your personal driving style. Maintaining the correct tire pressure, and having the tires rotated and the wheels balanced and aligned, can help to make your tires last longer on the roads in and around Cumberland. Learn more from the tire experts at Don Johnson Motors.

Driving on a wet road

Why Tire Wear Matters

Car tires are designed to grip the road, providing maximum traction under a wide range of driving conditions. When driving through snow or rain in Northwestern Wisconsin, or off-roading over dirt or sand, your tires need full contact with the road to keep you in control of the vehicle. If the tire tread gets shallow or uneven, you lose traction, which can make driving on wet or rough roads potentially hazardous.

Keep reading to learn about the two major causes of uneven tire wear, and what you can do to avoid them.

Improper Inflation Pressure

Having the right amount of air pressure in your tires optimizes weight distribution while aiding acceleration, braking, and cornering. Tire pressure that is too high or too low can cause additional wear and tear. One sign that your tires are uneven is vibrations that you can feel in the steering wheel, which can make it difficult to keep your vehicle in its lane.

Regularly checking the tire pressure can help maintain performance and smooth handling on Rice Lake and Hayward-area streets. To find out what the recommended tire pressure is for your vehicle, consult your owner’s manual, or check the label inside of the driver’s door.


Wheel alignment is a routine maintenance service that helps prevent uneven tire wear. When the wheels are out of alignment, the steering and suspension components undergo excessive strain, negatively affecting control and handling. HItting potholes, curbs, parking chocks, or other kinds of road bumps can cause wheels to become misaligned.

A wheel alignment ensures that the tires are angled correctly, giving you maximum contact with the road, while helping to maintain even tire tread depth. To keep your tires pointed in the right direction, schedule service with a certified technician at your local Don Johnson Motors service center.

Get Professional Auto and Tire Care Services at Don Johnson Motors

If you have concerns about your tire pressure or wheel alignment, visit the service experts at the Don Johnson Motors location near you today. We’ll help to keep your vehicle always running safely in top condition. Have other questions about vehicle service or spare tires? Find out how to reset your RAM 1500 check engine light before you run into any issues. Make sure to check out our service specials to find our latest money saving offers, and please contact us if you have any questions.

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