When should I replace my tyres?
Many of our customers ask us "when should I replace my tyres?"
Your tyres won’t last forever, and many people risk their safety and the safety of others driving around on tyres that should be replaced.
All tyres wear out. There are a number of reasons why the do, including:
once they have been driven long enough
bad driving habits, after an accident
any number of other outside causes
The fact is, your tyres will need to be replaced, and when they need to be replaced it needs to be done quickly and properly.
While all tyres have a recommended kilometre count that keeps track of when they should be replaced, there are a lot of other factors that can influence your tyres wearing out a lot quicker than that.
Here are five tips for better understanding when you should replace your tyres:
1. Check them regularly
The first thing to keep in mind is that you should be checking your tyres regularly so that you understand what “good” tyres look like, this way you will notice any changes that occur. Do not just rely on the manufacturer's kilometre deadline to be a reliable time frame for when you should replace your tyres. This is just a guide only.
2. Wear and Tear on Your Tread:
Nearly all tyres have a tread wear indicator. These indicators can start to be seen when your tyre's tread depth sinks below the point where it should be. This is generally about 1.8mm.
3. Uneven Wear:
If you notice that your tyres are wearing unevenly, you may need to change your tyre rotation routine to make sure that your front tyres do not go bald while your back ones still have tread. Regular tyre rotation can improve the life of your tyres but if they have gotten beyond the point of no return, it’s time to get new tyres and make sure that they are balanced properly
4. Bulges, or Blisters:
These are extreme signs of tyre danger. Blisters or bulges on your tyres can result in complete tyre failure, flat tyres, or blowouts. Contact us as soon as you can to organise your tyre replacement.
5. Punctures, or Lacerations:
This kind of tyre damage can cause major issues. A puncture of more than 6mm cannot be repaired and requires you to immediately replace the tyre.
If you are buying new tyres you should make sure that you replace all four of your tyres at once. This means that you can ensure that any new tyres are starting from the same point so should wear evenly. Ensuring all your tyres are the same will improve car reliability and handling.
We hope you now know when to replace your tyres. If you're unsure, we recommend that you contact us for some guidance. We can talk to you over the phone, or you can bring your vehicle in for an inspection.
To help the longevity of our tyres, check out our helpful article on tyre maintenance tips.
If you need to get new tyres for your car, please contact us today and we can discuss your needs.