Tyres that are not well maintained will not only hamper your ability to drive efficiently, but they could also have significant safety implications, and could cost you a lot of money in the long term.
It is difficult to accurately predict how long a tyre will last because it massively depends on the quality of the driver, as well as how the tyre has been made, and the type of roads that are routinely driven on.
But, according to Michelin, after you’ve been running on a set of tyres for five years, you should ensure they are checked by a professional at least annually. And then, if they’re still on your vehicle after a decade, it’s probably for the best to replace them altogether, just to be on the safe side.
But how can you make the most of your tyres? And how can you ensure that they last a decade, rather than having to be replaced every couple of years?
Inflate them regularly
If your tyres are not properly inflated, they will not perform optimally. When the tyres are not fully inflated, your car will need additional fuel to push the vehicle along the road, which can be costly. Also, under-inflated tyres are more likely to burst, which increases the risk of experiencing breakdowns.
If you want to know the ideal pressure for your particular set of tyres, check to see if it is mentioned within your vehicle’s manual, as this will generally offer you the right guidance. Otherwise, check online or ask your supplier directly, because they will be able to give you a clear idea.
Assess your driving style
Of course, your driving style will impact how long your tyres last. If you brake heavily, find yourself skidding around corners, or drive too fast on poor roads, you will likely reduce the lifespan of your tyres. Drive carefully and intelligently to make your tyres last longer.
Keep on top of the tread
The tread is all that stops you from skidding violently on loose road surfaces. The poorer the tread, therefore, the more likely it is you will be involved in an accident that is of your own making. The legal minimum depth for the rubber on the tyres is 1.6mm across the middle of the tyre. If your tyres don’t meet these standards, your vehicle will not only be regarded as unsafe, but you could find yourself burdened with heavy fines.
If your tyre tread is below the legal standard, it’s time to get them changed. This should also act as an indicator of the quality of your own driving. Is the tread only good for a couple of years, or maybe even months? If so, you may need to take an advanced driving course, or install a device that will track you.