Tyres cost a lot of money and you could be wasting hundreds of pounds because of neglect.
Holts have tips on how to increase tyre lifespan with five simple rules.
Car tyres may be tough, but they still need replacing more regularly than almost any other component on your vehicle.
There are, however, plenty of ways to extend the lifespan of your car’s rubber including…
- Check tyre air pressures at least once a fortnight: Driving with under or overinflated tyres can impact their long-term structure and rigidity, as well as how evenly they wear. A regular check is an easy way to prevent such problems.
- Have your wheels aligned once a year: Potholes, kerbs and bumps in the road can knock wheels out of balance, with the potential to cause uneven tyre wear and poor handling. An annual wheel alignment servicing is a cost-effective way to get things back on track.
- Stay within the tyre’s weight and speed limits: All tyres have speed and weight limits that you must abide by for safety as well as to ensure long-term tyre performance. You’ll find this information on the sidewall.
- Adjust tyre pressures by payload: Most car manuals recommend adjusting tyre pressures based on how much weight you’re carrying. For example, while the front tyres usually run at a slightly higher pressure (to account for engine weight), you should adjust the back tyre pressures based on the passengers and luggage you’re carrying.
- Stick to the speed limit: Speed limits aren’t just there for road safety; they also reduce noise and emissions and can even help you keep your tyres for longer. That’s right, tyres wear faster at higher speeds, hence why F1 cars go through so many sets.