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  • Writer's pictureMatthew Atkinson

How To Make Your Tyres Last Longer

Tyres can be a costly part of car maintenance cost on top of MOTs and servicing your vehicle, so why not get the most you can out of them.

Tyre Pressure

The most common cause of uneven and excessive wear on tyres is incorrect tyre pressure.

Low Tyre Pressure: will cause your tyre to have to much contact with the road resulting in excessive wear, particularly on the outer edges of the tread.

High Tyre Pressure: will reduce the tyres contact with the road, which not only causes excessive wear in the centre of the tread, but can also be dangerous risking a blow out.

You should check your tyre pressure on a monthly basis and keep it topped up in accordance with your car manufacturer's recommendations.

From 2014 all new vehicles must be installed with a Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS). The TPMS is designed to inform the driver when there is a dip below the required tyre pressure. While TPMSs are a great safety addition to vehicles, they should not solely be relied upon.

Drive Smoothly

The more aggressive you drive your vehicle, the greater the wear on your tyres. Harsh braking, speeding around corners and pulling away aggressively will greatly reduce the lifespan of your tyres.

Wheel Balance

Each time your vehicle is fitted with a new tyre your wheel should be balanced. If you feel a wobble anytime you drive above 40 to 50mph, this can be a sign that your wheels need to be rebalanced.

This can be an easy fix to stop uneven and excessive wear, just get in touch with Grangetown Tyres.

Wheel Alignment

If your wheels are misaligned your will inevitably end up with uneven tread wear on your tyres. The excessive wear not only shortens the lifespan of your tyres, but also weakens the tyres making them more susceptible to damage.

Where You Drive & Road Conditions

Being aware of where you drive and the conditions of the road can impact the lifespan of your tyres. Potholes and uneven road surfaces can significantly affect the lifespan of your tyres.

Kerb Your Enthusiasm

People are generally careful not to 'kerb' their alloys, however the affects on your tyre can be just as significant. Kerbing your tyre can cause damage such as puncture or weaken the sidewall which can result in tyre failure later down the road.

Bumping onto the kerb or over the kerb to get into your parking space can also leave lasting damage or misalign your wheels.

Tyre Rotation

There are different pressures and forces exerted onto your tyres which affect how they wear over time. Switching the front and back tyres can be a great way of mitigating this and ensuring even wear.

Some manufactures advise that tyres are rotated every year or 7,500 miles, whichever comes first.

Ready to get the most out of your next set of tyres? Give Grangetown Tyres a call for a no obligation quote. Best of all... We'll come to you!!

Blog article by Matt Atkinson, SME Geek Ltd

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