There are a lot of factors that will affect how long your tyres will last and it will be different for each vehicle due to different wheel sizes and weight. However, the average life of a car tyre will range between 3 to 10 years, as long as you are driving safely and there is no apparent damage that will affect this, such as punctures.
Typically, a car will see its tyres lasting 20,000 miles on the front tyres, and 40,000 on the rear tyres. This can diminish considerably if you drive your car harshly, especially around corners.
How to check your tyre tread with a coin
The legal limit for tyre tread is 1.6mm. It is important to check your tread regularly so that your car remains legal. You can check your tread with a 20p coin by inserting it in at least three different grooves of the tyres. If the outer band of the coin is visible, then your tyres need changing.
How can you improve your tyre lifespan?
There are many ways you can improve your tyre lifespan. It is important to be aware of these, otherwise you could find yourself changing your tyres more often than you would like. Tyre pressure, wheel alignment, terrain and tyre type will all affect the lifespan.
How frequently should you check your tyre pressure?
It is recommended that you check you have the correct tyre pressure once every couple of weeks. If you are planning on going on a long trip it is also important that you check prior to going – and when you return home.
If your tyres are over-inflated or under-inflated, then you could see uneven tyre wear. Under-inflated tyres can cause the outer edges to wear a lot faster, and over-inflated tyres will cause fast wear in the centre.
Check your driver’s manual to see your recommended pressures. Alternatively, you may find the pressures on a sticker inside your car door.
Ensure you have correct wheel alignment
It is imperative to have correct wheel alignment otherwise tyre lifespan can drastically decrease. If your wheels are not aligned correctly then your car could be pulling to the left or right, rather than straight. You may also notice vibrations in your steering wheel.
If you notice any of these signs, bring your car to Tivoli Auto’s as soon as possible so we can realign your wheels; making your car safer to drive whilst retaining your tyre life.
Driving on different terrain
Driving on different terrain can affect wear and tear on your tyres, such as driving over potholes and bumps in the road – this will also affect your suspension in a negative way.
Going off-road can also reduce your tyre life. Our roads are made of tarmac as it’s the smoothest road to drive on and retain tyre efficiency. However, if you drive on uneven terrain such as rough stone surfaces, this can drastically reduce tyre life.
Tivoli Auto Services
We are an independent garage based in Hastings and can recommend and install the best tyres suited for your vehicle. Having the best tyres possible will ensure the best grip, fuel efficiency and lifespan.
Our friendly team can also give you further advice on how to get the best out of your tyres. Contact us today on 01424 442277 to get your car booked in.