How to Extend the Life of Your Tyres
Jan 24, 2022
Your tyres are the only parts of your vehicle that make direct contact with the road. As such, they play an incredibly important role in the performance, safety and handling of your car. Without well-maintained tyres you may not be able to control your car properly while you’re on the road, potentially putting yourself, your passengers, other motorists and pedestrians at risk of a serious accident.
Because of this, it’s important that you take care of tyres as best you can. In this blog, we’re going to look at five ways to extend the lifespan of your tyres. While it’s possible to maintain your tyres by yourself, we highly recommend that you visit your local car service shop and get the assistance of a qualified mechanic. Not only will professional car servicing give you peace of mind, but it will also ensure the longevity of your vehicle.
- Ensure the correct tyre pressure
It’s essential that you have the right air pressure for your tyres. Too little or too much pressure can cause your tyres to wear down faster than they should. Additionally, over or under-inflation significantly increases the chances of your tyres blowing out while you’re driving. Improperly inflated tyres can also lead to poor handling and a decline in fuel economy.
To avoid such problems, be sure to check your tyre pressure every month. Check your vehicle owner manual to find out the recommended air pressure for your tyres.
- Regularly check wheel alignment
Wheel alignment refers to the positioning of the wheels in relation to the other wheels and the body of the car.
If one of the wheels is tilted to one side, it could cause several problems for the driver. Misalignment can lead to pulling, which is when the car sways towards one direction while you’re driving straight. This sway can be extremely dangerous, especially at high speeds. Misaligned wheels can also cause the tyres to wear out unevenly, shortening their lifespan and making the vehicle even more difficult to control.
Your wheels can become misaligned if you mount a kerb, hit a pothole or drive through an uneven surface for a significant period of time. It can also occur due to the age of your wheels or issues with your suspension system.
To get this fixed, be sure to find a local mechanic that specialises in wheel alignment. If you find that your tyres are worn down, be sure to replace them as well.
- Rotate them when necessary
Even if your wheels are aligned, uneven wear can still occur over time.
For most vehicles, it’s the front tyres that do a lot of turning. Because of this, the wear on the front tyres will usually be seen on the outer sides of the tread. The rear wheels, on the other hand, tend to stay stationary. As a result, you’ll often see the wear down the middle.
To prevent your tyres wearing out unevenly, you should aim to get your tyres rotated every six months or every 10,000km driven. Tyre rotation is when a mechanic swaps the front and rear wheels to even out the wear.
- Avoid speeding, heavy loads and rough terrains
Try your best no to put your tyres through rough conditions. This includes hilly areas, roads filled with potholes and unpaved paths. Rough terrain will only cause your tyres to wear down faster and increase the chances of them blowing out or getting punctured. It’s also a good idea to not overload your vehicle. A heavy load can affect the air pressure of your tyres and cause a blowout.
Additionally, try not to go faster than you need to. Not only does speeding cause your tyres to overheat, but it also puts you at a higher risk of getting into an accident.
- Inspect them regularly
Lastly, you should try to regularly inspect your tyres regularly for cracks, punctures, bulges, rust and dirt. Most of these can easily go under your radar and develop into a more serious problem if you’re not careful.
Tyres with bulges often can’t be repaired and will need to be replaced. Cracks and punctures might be repairable, though this depends on the severity of the damage. Be sure to talk to your mechanic so that you know what action to take.
Rust and dirt on your wheels might seem harmless at first. Overtime, however, these contaminants could weaken the material and cause a breakdown in the future. As such, you need to make sure that you clean your tyres and wheels regularly.
With proper maintenance, your tyres will be able to serve you for many years to come. It’s important to remember the condition of your tyres not only affects the performance of your car but also its roadworthiness. Always consider your tyres as a safety component that needs to be cared for as much as the other parts of your vehicle.