Do I need to break in my new tyres?
Updated: Jun 1
Just like new shoes, tyres too need breaking in.
During the production process, tyres are lubricated to prevent them from sticking to their moulds. When purchased, this lubricant is still coating your tyres making them more slippery, particularly in wet conditions.
How to break in new tyres
The only way to break in new tyres is to use them. They say it takes roughly 800 kilometres to break in new tyres. We’re not sure that it takes quite that long, but we do suggest you take extra care when driving for the first while. Once you’ve worn through the lubricant, your tyres will have a better grip on the roads, and you should notice that your vehicle’s performance and handling increases.
Our tips to remember during the break-in period:
Be particularly careful during wet or icy conditions
Allow for extra time when braking
Allow for plenty of time when pulling into a new road
Don’t accelerate or brake too quickly
If you’re looking into breaking in tyres, odds are you have, or are about to have, new tyres.
Read on to find out how to get the best out of your tyres, and to help them last.
Looking after your new tyres
You’ve just invested in new tyres, so you probably want to get the longest amount of time that you can out of them. Follow our top tips to help you keep your tyres in a healthy, long-lasting condition:
Perform regular tyre maintenance Regularly check your tyre air pressure
Bring them in annually for a tyre check (rotation, alignment etc)
Look out for early signs of damage or uneven wear (if you spot signs, come see us for a repair)
Be aware of how you drive (braking and accelerating quickly can lead to premature wear)
Be mindful when you park (avoid hitting curbs!)
Try to avoid driving in extreme weather
Have any questions about new tyres?
If you’re in the market for new tyres, have a chat with us. We can help you choose the right tyre for you in line with your budget and goals.
Or, come see us at one of our two convenient Melbourne locations.