How Often and When Should You Replace Your Tyres?


Your tyres are your vehicle's primary contact with the road so you should keep them in good condition all the time. Worn-out tyres provide bad traction and can also lead to accidents. 

Proper maintenance guarantees you and your passengers are safe. It extends the lifespan of your car and saves you a lot in terms of repair costs. In the case of car tyres, there are specific ways to tell when it's time to replace them. 

Make sure you're parked safely with enough lighting for proper inspection. You will be checking the sidewall and tread of your tyres.

When the tread is worn-out

When tread depth is too low, tyres won't grip the road the way it needs to. Losing this traction makes it unsafe to drive in the rain or snow. 

You can visually check for cracks, uneven wear, and other signs of deterioration. Tyres are made with a wear indicator or wear bars. These are raised sections within the grooves that appear as the tyre wears. If any of these sections start to show, consider getting new tyres already. 

A more precise way is to measure the tread depth in millimetres. You can use a tyre tread depth indicator, a simple tool available in auto parts shops. The tread depth of new tyres is 8.00mm. When it reaches 3mm, the tyre's wet grip is already significantly reduced. The minimum tread depth allowed is 1.6mm and immediately needs replacement. 

If you don't have a measuring tool, a simple way to measure the tread depth is by using a coin. Place a 10c coin in the tyre tread groove. If the outside band is concealed, then the tyre is still legal. If you have a 20c coin, check if the platypus' bill is concealed. If so, the tread is still deeper than 3mm. 

For the sidewalls, check for bulges, cuts, and rubber deterioration. 

Every after six years

Even if the treads look okay, car tyres should still be replaced at least every six years. Rubber dries and cracks over time, which possibly leads to a flat tyre or a blowout. 

You can check your tyre's manufacturing age by looking at the four-digit TIN at the side. It's usually with the DOT mark. If there are more letters and numbers, look for four digits wherein the last two numbers are discernible as the previous years. The first two The first two digits indicate which week it was made, while the last two indicate the year of manufacture. For example, if the numbers are 1618, the tyre was made in the 16th week of 2018. 

Your place and activity

How much you drive determines the frequency your tyres wear down. High-speed driving is more prone to wear. Excess loads also contribute to tyre wear. Weather and road conditions also greatly affect your tyre's tread wear. Bad roads add to uneven wear. If you're inclined to these conditions, a regular inspection is necessary.

Follow a tyre care routine

Learn about the other aspects of tyre care such as pressure, balance, rotation, and cleaning. Regular maintenance, such as tyre replacement, plays a huge part in your vehicle's overall performance. It is cost effective, and more importantly, assures safety on the road. As seasoned drivers used to say, look after them, and they will look after you. 

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