Make the Most Out of Your Tyres
How Long Do Tyres Last?
It is believed that tyres have a lifespan of around two years, before age starts to give a negative impact on their performance. However this isn’t entirely true, as it is impossible to put an exact timeframe for the life of your tyre. The lifespan of your tyre will depend upon the following factors
- The quality of the tyre itself
- The road conditions it's used on
- How well it’s looked after (both from a maintenance and careful driving perspective)
Some tyre experts believe that if the tyres have been fitted on your vehicle for five years or more, then you should have your tyres inspected at least once a year by a professional tyre fitting garage. Then, if they’re still on your car ten years after they were manufactured then they should be replaced anyway, as a precaution. When it comes to measuring your tyres by mileage you should be able to get at least 20,000 miles out of your front tyres and double that for your rear tyres although, again, this depends on the factors above.
Is it Worth Buying Expensive Tyres?
When it comes to either the most expensive tyres or budget range tyres the cost can soon amount up, especially if you need a full set. However when purchasing tyres it is entirely dependent on how much you drive, where you drive and how well you look after your tyres.
Premium tyres are more suited to those who have a high mileage and drive on a lot of high speed roads. It may be worth investing in the added grip and performance of a premium tyre.
For those with modest mileage, choosing a mid range brand of tyre will be most suitable, and for those who use their vehicles as a run around then budget brands are probably the best option.
How Can I Get More Out of My Tyres?
No matter what range of tyres you choose, whether it be budget, mid range or premium it is important to look after them properly to get the maximum performance and safety of your vehicle, as well as more bang for your buck! Some of the key factors to take into consideration to get best performance include:
‘Rolling resistance’ is something that occurs when your tyres are under-inflated which means that you need more fuel and energy to push your car along therefore spend more money on petrol or diesel. Another major risk of underinflated tyres is that they are more likely to cause a blowout, causing a breakdown or an accident if travelling at high speeds, in regards to safety under inflated tyres can also reduce the performance when braking, cornering or accelerating – especially in wet conditions. You can find out the pressure that your tyres should be inflated to by looking in your vehicle’s manual or by consulting the sticker placed on most vehicles, usually inside the door.
Your tyres are the only contact between your vehicle and the road surface, so when they wear down you put this at risk. It is also illegal to be driving with tyres that have a ‘tread’ below the legal limit. The legal minimum depth for this rubber is 1.6mm across the central three-quarters of the tyre and it must meet this measurement all the way around the circumference. However, it’s worth noting that the performance of the tyre will deteriorate once this gets below 3mm.
By storing your tyres in a climate controlled area, this will give them the most unlimited shelf life. Not storing them properly when they’re not in use can have a negative effect on the tyres and how they perform on the road when they do start being used. It doesn’t involve much when it comes to properly storing your tyres, so you should really make sure you do it as it could save you money in the long run.
If you are traveling above 40/50mph and feel a slight ‘wobble’ along with uneven wear and tear, it can be a sign that your wheels need to be rebalanced. This can be fixed by a tyre specialist and prevent any further deterioration of your tyres.
It’s important to assess the way you drive, as your driving style can impact the wear on your tyres. It is best to avoid driving too fast or heavy braking and abrupt cornering will be better for your tyres in the long run.
If you focus on all of the above recommendations you will be in the best position to get more miles from your tyres and avoid driving a car that is either inefficient or unsafe.