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Extend The Life Of Your Golf Cart Tires (With Infographic)

Author Photo: Christian AttleseyAuthor: Christian Attlesey
 
Read Time: 2-3 Minutes
 
Money You Can Save By Reading This Article: $736.82 (Please note: this number was made up by the author, but this article can DEFINITELY save you some money)
 
 
If you recently purchased new golf cart tires or are just looking to extend the life of your current ones, you have come to the right place!
This article will walk you through all eight best practices to keep your golf cart tires in tip-top shape for the long haul!
Before we do that, however, let's discuss a few things that aren't directly related to tire life extension but are very closely related.
  • Choose the correct golf cart tire
    • It is essential to realize that where you most often drive your golf cart is crucial in deciding which golf cart tire to buy. For example, off-road tires aren't for you if you drive your golf cart primarily through your neighborhood or on the golf course. On the flip side, if you live on a farm or take your golf cart through the campground or the woods, street, and turf, tires won't provide the grip, traction, or support you need. Using the wrong on the wrong terrain can wear your tires out faster than you may realize.

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  • Get in the habit of inspecting your tires
    • There is a difference between taking a glance at your golf cart's tires and giving them a good inspection. You must periodically give your cart's tires a good lookover to ensure nothing is out of place. You may often find a sharp rock or object lodged in the tire that can cause severe damage if not removed. We recommend thoroughly checking your golf cart tires before and after the busy season. Giving them a good lookover once or twice during regular use would also be good.

With those out of the way, let's dive right into the other top things you can do to make your golf cart tires last!

Infographic: Roadmap to longer lasting golf cart tires

Align Your Golf Cart

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The process of adjusting the angles of the wheels to ensure they are perpendicular to the ground and parallel to each other is referred to as aligning the wheels.

When your wheels are misaligned, it can cause uneven tire wear and shorten the life of your tires.

As a result, it is critical to have your wheel alignment checked regularly, especially if you notice your vehicle pulling to one side or your steering wheel wobbling.

Suppose you don't see your golf cart pulling in either direction or having other driving inconsistencies. In that case, we still recommend checking your alignment at the beginning and end of the busy season.

*This is the biggest factor that impacts the life of your golf cart tires. Un-aligned golf carts experience much more significant tire wear and tear.*

Check Your Tire Pressure

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While this is less important than it is for your car, checking the tire pressure regularly is one of the most important things you can do to extend the life of your golf cart tires.

If your tires are underinflated, they will wear out and lose their tread faster while at the same time becoming more prone to damage. On the other hand, overinflated tires can cause a rough ride and increase the potential for blowouts.

Check your tire pressure once every few months and consult your owner's manual or the sidewall of your tire for the recommended pressure.

*Outside of alignment, this can have the second biggest impact on tire wear and tear. Properly inflated tires last longer.*

Rotate Your Tires

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Just like with a car, rotating your golf cart tires can help distribute wear and tear evenly.

Thankfully, due to the weight of golf carts and the speed at which they travel, this only needs to be done at the beginning (or end) of each busy season.

By periodically rotating your tires in this manner, you can keep those tread channels deep and wide!

Don't Drive Your Golf Cart Like A Maniac!

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Your driving style can have a significant impact on the lifespan of your tires. Driving aggressively, such as sudden stops, hard acceleration, and sharp turns, can cause your tires to wear out faster than usual.

Driving steady and smooth is essential, and aggressive maneuvers should be avoided whenever possible.

Operating in a smooth and controlled manner will not only increase the life of your tires, but it will also improve your fuel efficiency and lower your overall maintenance costs.

In our book, we call that a win, win, win!

Avoid Overloading Your Golf Cart

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Even though hauling extra passengers or cargo is one of the main features of golf carts, too much weight can be a problem.

Regularly overloading your golf cart can cause your tires to wear out prematurely.

To ensure the longest life for your golf cart's tires, follow the weight capacity guidelines for your cart and avoid carrying more passengers or cargo than is recommended.

Store Your Golf Cart Properly

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It is critical to store your golf cart properly when not in use.

Although golf carts are made for use in the great outdoors, keeping your golf cart in direct exposure to the elements is not a good idea.

For example, long periods of direct sunlight can cause your tires to dry, rot, and crack on the sidewall.

In addition, frequent exposure to cold temperatures can weaken and soften the rubber, shortening the time you can safely drive on your tires.

You can help extend the life of your golf cart tires by storing them in a climate-controlled area or, if you don't have access to something like that, as far out of the elements as possible.

Keep Your Golf Cart Tires Clean

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Keeping your golf cart tires clean can help extend their life. When dirt and debris become lodged and caked in the treads, this can cause the tires to wear unevenly.

You can prevent this buildup and keep your tires in good condition by cleaning your golf cart tires whenever you get excessive dirt and debris buildup.

 

Use Tire Protectant

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Lastly, for a cheap and easy way to add some protection to your golf cart's tires, add some tire protectant.

Although this won't do anything for the tread surface of your tire, adding some tire protectant can protect your tire's sidewalls from water, dirt, and debris.

It can also protect your tires from drying out. In addition to the protection, tire protectant adds some nice shine, keeping your tires looking like new!

Closing Remarks

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By following these tips and tricks, you can help extend the life of your golf cart tires and save time and money in the long run.

If you have any more questions, put them in the comments below or contact us directly; we would be glad to help!

If you need more than just tires but an entirely new wheel and tire combo for your golf cart, we can also do that for you. See you next time!

 

Author Photo: Christian Attlesey
Christian Attlesey is the Marketing Manager here at Golf Cart Stuff™, and, in addition to the marketing department, he oversees our website and advertising responsibilities.

...You probably know him as the humorous & relatable host of our YouTube channel!

Prior to taking on marketing, however, Christian honed his industry knowledge as our Customer Service Manager. Fast-forward to present day: it’s his mission to deliver the best and most current products, resources, and overall expertise to Golf Cart owners everywhere.

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