When To Replace Tyres? Learn When To Replace Worn Tyres
As the component that your car drives on, tyres are more important than we care to think. Getting a good set for the road is still only a good start. A few hundred miles later, even the best of tyres start to gradually wear off, affecting the performance and safety of the car.
Of course, there are many factors that could lead to ageing. But what increases tyre wear?
1. Driving style: spinning the wheels on acceleration, or locking them when braking increases wear
2. Bad roads
4. Speed: High speed driving increases temperature and wear (check your speed index)
5. Position: Front-wheel drive cars normally show a greater degree of wear on the front tyres
6. Load: Excess load subjected to cars increases wear (check your load index)
7. Pressure: Maintaining the correct inflation pressure is one of the most important things you can do to look after your tyres. Both under inflation and over inflation can increase wear
There comes a time, depending on the type of car, its use and, eventually, the age of the tyre itself, when replacement is necessary. All car owners should know the best time to get your worn tyre replaced. If you are not an expert, your mechanic would be able to advice you whether your tyres needs a change. The indicators are generally simple and involve little more than a visual check.
Let us take a look at a few pointers and tips that will help you identify a worn tyre:
Tread depth is a factor to consider when replacing tyres. All tyres have tread wear indicators which are small blocks of rubber moulded into the tread grooves at regular intervals. As the tyre wears, these blocks get closer and flush with the surface of the tread. The minimum legal tread depth is 1.5 mm across the width of the tread. If you are not sure, if you are having an illegal tread, follow these simple steps and you'll be save.
The easiest way of ascertaining the tread depth is by using a tread depth indicator, available at tyre retailers or at one of our fitting stations.
Uneven wear is a sign that showcases more than normal stress on the tyre. This could be due to either wrong wheel alignment, wearing suspension, or that you have been driving with the tyres under or over-inflated. To check for uneven wear, inspect the whole contact surface, including the outer edges of the tyre. Our interactive animation will show you the tyre wear in detail.
Experts claim that a tyre older than five years would need replacement as the rubber loses its suppleness through the drying out of moisture and oils. A tyre’s age can be identified by checking the manufacture date stamped on the sidewall, usually in the form of a four-digit number, where the first two digits represent the week of manufacture and the last two digits the year.
A good set of wheels have a big role in giving you a stable ride, sure fire handling and improved fuel economy. The state of the rubber your vehicle rides on can also mean confident braking and a reassured drive. Check your tyres regularly, and if there are signs of wear and tear you know it's time to change them.