How to Maximise the Lifespan of Your Tyres
Car tyres don’t last forever. No matter what you do, there will come a day when yours will need to be replaced.
It’s important not to delay when this happens. Driving on tyres that no longer offer strong traction is dangerous. That said, there are steps you can take to maximise your tyres’ lifespan. They include the following:
Maintaining your tyres’ pressure is important for a number of reasons. Optimising their lifespan is one. Quite simply, when tyres are not properly inflated, heat can build up in them. This boosts their odds of failing sooner than they would have if you’d kept them inflated according to the manufacturer’s recommendations.
Avoid Damaged Pavement
You probably don’t need to be told that the conditions on which you drive will affect your tyres’ lifespan. Whenever possible, try to drive on roads that are well-paved and smooth.
Of course, this isn’t always an option. There may be days when you have to drive in imperfect conditions. When this happens, do your best to avoid driving over holes or substantially damaged areas of pavement.
That said, you obviously shouldn’t put yourself or others in danger when doing so. Don’t swerve to avoid broken pavement if doing so could result in a dangerous situation.
Maintain a Safe Speed
You already know you need to obey the law when driving. If you drive faster than is legally permitted, you’re putting yourself and others in danger.
You’re also reducing your tyres’ potential lifespan. The faster you drive, the more heat gets generated in your tyres. This can cause damage over time. It’s worth noting that starting and stopping frequently may also cause damage. Thus, to as much a degree as possible, you should strive to maintain a consistent speed when driving.
Maintain Your Vehicle
Staying on top of vehicle maintenance is key to saving money in the long run. This involves repairing or replacing components when they begin to fail, even if they don’t seem essential.
All components of your vehicle are part of a system. If one component begins to fail, it can have an impact on others. Specifically, components such as shock absorbers and springs can affect tyre lifespan and performance. By prioritising general upkeep, you’ll also protect your tyres.
That said, while you can keep them in the best possible condition for as long as possible, your tyres will need to be replaced one day.
Get in touch with St Albans Car Clinic when they do. We’ll replace your tyres, and provide any other basic vehicle maintenance service you require. Contact us today for more information about scheduling service.