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What Is The Best Time To Change Your Vehicles Tyres

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What Is The Best Time To Change Your Vehicles Tyres?

by | Dec 10, 2018

How many times do you check your tyres per year? Believe it or not a lot of people do so when they have a flat or suffer a puncture! Tyres though are one of the most important components on your car, to ensure your ability to stop safely and need be quickly. Did you know as your vehicle tyres lose tread or age, your stopping distance increases?

Imagine driving in bad weather conditions, you can very quickly loose the traction needed to stop without skidding. On the other hand, the “boys in blue” can pick up a worn set of tyres very quickly and you will be pulled over and fined for obvious reasons. They see enough car accidents to know you NEED to ensure your tyres are in top working condition.

What is the Average lifespan of your Tyres?

Numerous tyre manufacturers disagree about the average lifespan of your typical tyre. There are a number of factors that influence the time frame a tyre can last including the quality of the rubber used in its initial manufacture. 

The lifespan of your tyres will depend on how your tyres are stored, how they are used and your driving style. Obviously, if you drive thousands of kilometres each year, you cannot expect your tyres to last the same amount of time that someone who only drives a few kilometres does. However, there are other factors that affect how long your tyres last.

If your tyres are stored in direct sunlight or warmer temperatures, the ageing process of the rubber, where oils and moisture leach out can speed up. When this moisture is lost, the rubber becomes less supple, encouraging cracks and damage that make the tyre un-roadworthy.

Your driving and maintenance habits can also have a significant impact on the lifespan of your tyre. If you fail to properly inflate your tyres, hit kerbs and frequently practice harsh braking, your tyres will not last the same amount of time as someone who fastidiously maintains their car and drives cautiously.

Checking Tread Wear:

One of the most important factors in your decision to change your tyres should be the wear on the tread. Most brands of tyre feature a tread gauge indicator, which shows when the tread has begun to wear down to an unsafe level.

You should also look for signs of uneven wear on your tyres. If your wheel alignment is not correct, you will find that one side of the tyre wears down more quickly than the other, compromising the lifespan of the tyre. Additionally, if you over inflate the tyre, the tread in the centre of the tyre will become worn more quickly.

Obviously, if you notice any cracks or damage starting on the tyre, it is an indication that the tyre is getting old and needs to be replaced.

If your tyres need to be replaced, the safety systems such as ABS in your vehicle will be compromised. This means that in the event of a problem, you may not be able to stop in time to avoid a collision. Fortunately, you can avoid this problem with just a few minutes of attention and maintenance. So, next time you are checking your oil and water, take a little time to check your tyres.

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