Saving money is a top priority for many motorists – after all, the cost of driving has gone up considerably over the last few years. One way that you can slash the expense of running your car is to know how to prolong the lifespan of your tyres.
Brand new tyres can be costly, so finding a way to make yours last as long as possible is paramount if you’re on a tight budget. With this in mind, here are some helpful tips to ensure your tyres are able to take you further while keeping your costs down.
Get The Tyre Pressure Right
If you make sure your tyres are constantly at the correct pressure this will help to prolong their lifespan. Assuming you’re not using fuel saving tyres, ensuring your tyres are at the correct pressure affects fuel consumption and durability as well as safety – in fact, if your tyres are properly inflated this alone can increase your tyre’s average lifespan by as much as 4,700 miles!
If your tyres are incorrectly inflated, the result can be accelerated and uneven tyre wear as well as premature tyre failure, structural damage and low mileage. Despite these issues that can arise, less than a fifth of all drivers routinely check their tyre pressure and keep their tyres inflated to the correct level. As many as a quarter of all cars have a minimum of one tyre which is underinflated to a significant degree.
You should check your tyre pressures at least once per month (including your spare tyre), but make sure you do it when the tyres are cold. You should also check before heading off on any long trip to keep your vehicle driving evenly and smoothly. Make sure that each tyre has been inflated to the recommendations given by the vehicle’s manufacturer and keep a tyre pressure gauge inside your car just in case you accidentally hit a kerb or pothole as this could result in a sudden loss of tyre pressure.
Check Your Treads
To be legal, your tyre treads must be no lower than 1.6mm all the way around their central ¾ section. Once the tread has worn below this level, you need to replace the tyre. Checking your treads on a regular basis is key to ensure you’re driving safely, so make sure to check once per month.
Keep Your Tyres Aligned And Balanced
When your tyres are balanced your wheels will be able to rotate properly without causing vibrations to the vehicle. If your vehicle vibrates, damage can be caused to the tyre and your car can be a safety hazard. You should always make sure a new tyre is balanced at the time of fitting, and as soon as you feel any shaking or vibrating while driving you should get your tyres inspected straight away.
It’s also important to get your wheel alignment check at the recommended intervals. All four wheels should be checked. You should also make sure that you have the wheels checked for alignment if you have any serious bump from a pothole or kerb impact, or if a new tyre has been fitted. Checking your tyres regularly for uneven wear and tear will help you to spot an inflation or alignment issue before it gets out of hand.
Rotate Your Tyres
If you rotate your tyres regularly you can help cut down on irregular wear. You can find out how to do this by checking in your owner’s manual. You should ideally rotate your tyres between every 5000 and every 8000 miles. You should do it even sooner should uneven wear appear.
Use The Right Tyre For The Right Season
It makes sense to use the correct tyres to suit the weather conditions on the roads. This means using winter or summer tyres to suit the climate. Once the wet and cold winter weather is over you should take winter tyres off your car and change to summer tyres. The pliable rubber and extra slits which make a winter tyre excellent at coping with snow and ice on the road will make it wear more rapidly on clear roads.
Choose Second Hand Tyres
No matter how hard you try to prolong the lifespan of your tyres, eventually you’ll need to replace them. However, you can save money by choosing second hand tyres. Used car tyres still have plenty of use left in them and can help you to reduce your costs while still staying safe when driving on the roads.