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Will my tyres last longer if I don’t use my car often?

Updated: Jul 10, 2023


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The answer to this depends on a variety of factors. Tyres are designed to last for an

extended period, but keeping them in good condition can be tricky. The lifespan of your

tyres will depend on the quality of the tyres themselves, how often you drive, and if you

take proper care of them.


If you don't use your car very often, it's important to remember that they still need

checking regularly and that they should receive the same amount of maintenance as any

other vehicle. Properly inflated tyres will provide better handling and improve fuel

economy while reducing wear and tear on the tyre itself. Additionally, regular alignment

checks help preserve the life of your tyres by making sure that contact with the road is

even across all four tyres.

Price:

You may want to consider investing in higher quality tyres as they tend to last longer

than cheaper alternatives. Quality tyres like Continental, Michelin or Pirrelli, are

a worthwhile investment for anyone who doesn't use their car very often, as the extra

expense upfront will save you money in the long run when it comes time to replace the

tyres.

Maintenance:

• Check tyre pressure regularly to ensure they are properly inflated

• Have regular alignment checks to keep tyres evenly matched with the road

• Consider investing in higher quality tyres for a longer lifespan

• Utilize proper maintenance and care even if you don’t use your car often.

Climate:

• Check for signs of weather damage such as cracking or splitting caused by extreme

temperatures.

• Be mindful of rain and snow, as these can cause increased wear and tear on the tyre.

Road Conditions:

• Avoid potholes or speed bumps when possible.

• In general Limit driving on rough roads and off-road surfaces.

• Keep an eye out for debris that may cause punctures.

Storing your car tyres:

• Store tyres in a cool, dry area away from direct sunlight.

• Avoid storing tyres where they may be exposed to heat, humidity or humidity spots.

How old are your tyres:

The last four digits on a tyre’s sidewall are crucial for dating it. These represent the week

and year in which it was manufactured.

• If you haven’t used your car very often, it is important to check the age of your tyres.

• Tyres usually have a lifespan of around 6-10 years depending on how much they are

used and how well-maintained they are.

• Older tyres can become brittle and develop cracks or weak spots that may cause them

to fail prematurely.


By following these steps, you should be able to maximize the life of your tyres even if

you don’t use your car every day. Proper maintenance, care, and consideration for

climate and road conditions will help ensure that your tyres remain in good condition

for as long as possible.

If you have any questions about keeping your tyres in good condition please get in touch

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