When should I change my tyres?
Looking after our tyres does not only benefit our cars performance, but is vital to keeping you safe in your vehicle. Over half of the UK are driving on underinflated tyres, and almost 30% below minimum tyre tread depth. For most, it can be difficult to know when tyres may need changing, however there are a few things to keep in mind.
How long does tyre typically last?
Unfortunately, a straightforward answer does not fit with this question. A tyres lifespan can depend on many factors including how much you drive, where you vehicle is kept, road conditions, your style of driving and if your tyres have been maintained to the correct level. The ‘typical’ tyre is estimated to last around 20,000 miles or 5-6 years. This can be lengthened by a good driving style with controlled braking, however a poor driving style shall do the opposite.
Another factor that often goes overlooked is the importance of the cars storage. Parking a vehicle outside exposes it to excess UV rays that can damage your tyres at a much faster rate. If it is not possible to store in a garage, a shaded area may be the next best option.
How often should maintenance take place?
The bets way to expands your tyres lifespan, and also keep you safe is through regular maintenance.
* Tread depths should be checked regularly and to make it quick you can even use a 20p coin! To do this place the coin in the tyre in multiple areas. If the coin sticks out or you can see the outside edge, it may be time for some new tyres. Although this method is good for quickness, it is always best to check with a tread depth gauge for the most accurate readings.
* Check Tyre pressure often. Pressure should also be adjusted based on the load, the more load the higher the pressure should be.
* Around every 6,000 miles it is recommended to check the wheel alignment. when you feel like there is uneven tyre wear this may be the issue. Especially in areas with roads of poor conditions, things such as potholes can lead to damage that should be inspected as soon as possible.
* If anything feels strange about a tyre on your vehicle and you cannot trace the source yourself, do not hesitate to seek professional help. Unsafe tyres are extremely dangerous and it is always best to get it checked over.
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