Getting new tires may be a simple fix when you know yours are starting to look worn and ride a little rough. However, buying replacement tires is also one of the more costly maintenance tasks associated with owning a vehicle and you may find yourself needing to prolong tire replacement for as long as possible. If the tires on your car are truly starting to show signs of their age because of wear, there are a few things you can keep in mind that will help you make them last until you get the funding for replacement. 

Skip hauling an oversized load. 

If your car is the one that typically gets designated to haul everyone around, you may want to consider changing your car-pooling habits until you get new tires. All the extra passengers will mean extra weight, and any extra weight can mean more wear and tear on your tires. Likewise, it is a good idea to skip loading down your car with heavy stuff, such as during a move or if you are packing your car down with bicycles or kayaks on top. If your car has a trailer hitch, it is best not to be hauling a heavy load from behind either. 

Take it easy on the gas and brake pedals. 

Quick acceleration and stopping is always going to mean putting extra unnecessary pressure on your tires. If your tires are already losing their tread and looking thin, it is best to take it easy when you stop and go. Watch your speed in areas where you know you could experience stops, such as a highway with traffic light or stop signs. Don't take off from a full stop with the gas pedal to the floor, but accelerate slowly so your tires will spin at slower rotation speeds with a gradual increase. 

Avoid rough terrain as much as possible. 

You may not be able to avoid potholes and rough patches on city streets, but what you can do is make sure you are avoiding rougher terrain in your vehicle with worn tires. For example, gravel can be a major problem for tires that are bald, even causing punctures because of sharp edges and points. Therefore, unless you have no other choice, it will be best if you steer clear of graveled areas, such as long gravel roadways or nature areas with gravel parking lots instead of blacktop. Contact a business that offers tire service for more information.