Three Ways to Make Your Car Tyres Last Longer
The average motorist only really becomes concerned about their vehicle when its performance levels start to drop-off, or, in the worst case scenario, it ceases to work effectively at all. A similar attitude is taken towards car tyres; unless the tread is reaching the legal minimum or they sustain a puncture – in which case a rather loud popping sound is made – motorists tend to avoid getting them replaced.
Although not necessarily advisable, this attitude is somewhat understandable; car tyres can be quite costly to buy – regardless of whether you opt to buy online or purchase from a local tyre dealership.
However, there are a number of steps that you can take – some daily care tips, as well as others that need to be carried out less regularly – to increase the lifespan of your car tyres. Even if you adopt just a couple of them into your daily driving routines, you could put off having to make a trip to your local dealership for new car tyres for at least a couple of months.
Try to avoid purchase car tyres produced by different manufacturers
Tyre manufacturers utilise many of their own unique technologies when producing their tyres; because of this no two car tyres, produced by different manufacturers, are the same. Having, for example, one Goodyear tyre, a tyre produced by Pirelli and two produced by Continental could put you at a disadvantage – altering, albeit, only very minimally altering the way in which your car handles.
This isn’t anything to do with the quality of the manufacturers
though; it’s just that car tyres work best in sets. So if you’re going to change one branded tyre for another, on your own initiative, you should probably make an effort to change them all at once.
Make time to check your wheels before you pull away
You don’t need to spend any more than a couple of minutes, but that time spent checking your tyres could alert you to any problems that might have arisen. Check the surface of the tyres for cracks and odd looking bulges. If you have enough time you could even check the inflation pressure too. If you spot anything stuck on the surface that you believe could lead car tyres to become punctured, remove it – this could prolong the lifespan of your tyres significantly.
Keep an eye out for any irregular wear that might have developed
Wear can develop over time as a result of any number of problems; if you spot this irregular wear early on you can identify the problem causing it and get it resolved before the wear gets any more serious. The tread on car tyres has to be over 1.6 millimetres (mm) across three quarters of the tyre.
This is a legal requirement, so motorists would also be well advised to ensure that they don’t let the tread on their tyres get too low, simply by checking and get them changed when appropriate. Remember, it’s primarily in place to prevent accidents occurring on the roads of the United Kingdom, so any motorist failing to adhere to it could not only be putting themselves at risk, but drivers of other vehicles too.
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Car tyres can become worn for a number of reasons. This article looks at three ways in which motorists can make their tyres last longer.