Tyres are an important component in every vehicle, and great care should be taken to ensure durability and safety of use. Making sure that you keep your tyres in a serviceable condition by checking them on a regular basis extends their lifespan.
How long do tyres last?
It is hard for even the tyre experts to give you an exact date of when the tyres will be out service. You may, however, get a rough idea of the lifespan of the tyres by checking the manufacturer’s warranty upon purchase. The durability of tyres is dependent on various factors. The distance travelled by the vehicle; the weight carried and the maintenance practice.
A vehicle which is in constant use will wear its tyres faster than which is occasionally in use. More so, a vehicle used for public transport is exposed to more underlying weight as compared to a private car which increases the friction between the tyres and the road, hence leading to wear and tear. On the other hand, a car owner who checks his tyres regularly will be in a better position to know the precautionary measures to be taken when a wear or tear is detected, as compared to one who does not have a keen eye on his tyres.
Are expensive tyres worth the cost?
Premium branded tyres like Michelin, Goodyear, Bridgestone and Pirelli undergo intensive testing before release into the market. The tyre technology, safety, and engineering testing carried out on these tyres ensure that they are best suited for any terrain and car performance. Premium tyres are expensive but come with improved safety, durability and grip which lead to fuel efficiency. If you are looking for a tyre that will offer more than just support, premium tyres are the right choice.
Should I use winter tyres?
The friction between the tyres and the road tend to reduce during the winter when the snow covers the roads. The little resistance results in an unstable drive as the car skids on the slippery terrain and consequently leading to an increase in the fuel used to propel the vehicle. Winter tyres are made in such a way that they provide more grip on wet roads as compared to the conventional tyres. These tyres are made from soft compounds with different tread patterns that allow them to bite into the snow more effectively.
Regardless of the type of tyres that you use for your vehicle, there are ways that you can implement to get more service from them.
Proper wheel alignment
A car that does not have the correct wheel alignment leads to uneven weight distribution which consecutively to some tyres carrying more weight than other and hence wearing out faster. Visiting a garage that uses computerised wheel alignment will ensure that you extend the lifespan of your tyres.
Maintain the right pressure
Properly inflated tyres lead to better performance and operate efficiently on all terrains. Both underinflated and overinflated tyres lead to a faster wear and have an advance effect on the car’s fuel consumption and handling. You can check the required tyre pressure as recommended by the manufacturer on the side its side and ensure that the pressure is maintained by use of a tyre gauge. The tyres should also be checked when at the beginning of a journey before the air inside expands or before the car is driven for more than one mile or three hours at a moderate speed. Pressure should be added or removed accordingly to maintain the right tyre pressure.
Consider your driving environment
Different tyres are made for different terrains and performance. You should ensure that your tyres match the terrain which you will be exposing them to most often. Tyres with little treads may not be the best option for use in muddy grounds as they will not provide the needed friction to keep the car balanced. On the other hand, tyres with large treads meant for off-road will wear faster on tarmacked roads as compared to weather roads due to the excessive friction. If you are in a position to have different tyres for different terrains, this will have a great significance in keeping the tyres serviceable.