Our car tyres are the most important link in our vehicle because it is the only contact the car has with the road – which means these car parts plays a big role in road safety and safeguards us from nasty accidents.
So how do you ensure these very essential parts of your car stay in optimal condition? Here’s an infographic that can help you figure that out.
Keep your tyres properly inflated according to the recommended pressure specified by the vehicle manufacturer. Rotate your tyres regularly as recommended by the vehicle manufacturer or tyre manufacturer. Get your vehicle’s wheel alignment checked regularly, or whenever you notice signs of misalignment such as uneven tyre wear or the vehicle pulling to one side. Do not exceed the maximum load capacity recommended for your tyres and vehicle. Avoid aggressive driving habits such as hard braking, rapid acceleration, and sharp cornering. Drive smoothly and maintain a consistent speed to reduce stress on the tyres. Try to avoid potholes, curbs, and other road hazards whenever possible. Periodically inspect your tyres for signs of damage, such as cuts, bulges, or punctures. Also, check for tread wear indicators to ensure that the tyres have sufficient tread depth. Address any issues promptly to avoid further damage or compromised safety. Clean your tyres regularly to remove dirt, grime, and road debris. If you switch to seasonal tyres, store the unused tyres properly in a cool, dry location away from direct sunlight and chemicals.
As a general guideline, most tyres are designed to last for approximately 40,000 to 60,000 miles (64,000 to 96,000 kilometres). Some high-quality tyres and specific tyre models can provide longer tread life, extending up to 80,000 miles (128,000 kilometres) or more. That said, the life expectancy of a tyre can vary depending on several factors, including the tyre’s quality, driving conditions, driving habits, maintenance, and the type of vehicle it is fitted on.
It’s important to monitor your tyres regularly, perform routine maintenance, and address any issues promptly to ensure optimal tyre life and safety. Smooth and controlled driving habits help preserve tyre life. The condition of the roads you drive on plays a significant role in tyre wear. Proper tyre maintenance practices are crucial for maximising tyre life. The quality and construction of the tyre itself can impact its longevity. Driving conditions you encounter can affect tyre life. It’s important to adhere to your vehicle’s load capacity and avoid exceeding recommended weight limits. The tread design, including the depth and pattern, can also impact wear characteristics. Proper maintenance, regular inspections, and timely replacement of worn-out or damaged tyres are essential for tyre longevity.