Looking after your tyres to increase their life length

Tyres are expensive pieces of equipment on your vehicle. They are also essential for the functionality and safety of the car. When they get worn down or when they break, you need to replace them right away. By preventing excessive wear on your tyres, you don't have to replace them as often. There are usually very simple things you can do to prevent wear that don't require any knowledge about mechanics at all.

Driving style

The first thing you need to consider to prevent excessive wear on your tyres is your driving style. If you drive too fast, that causes you to drive through corners faster, which can wear down your tyres significantly faster. Aggressive stopping and starting is also very damaging to your tyres. Implementing rolling starts and stops can be a solution that makes your tyres last longer. Driving too fast also causes your tyres temperature to rise because of the increased friction, which wears them out faster, so staying at reasonable speeds will also protect your tyres. 

Pressure and alignment

Checking the pressure in the tyres as often as possible is essential to increase the length of your tyres' lives. If they're under inflated, it increases the friction in the tyres, wearing them down faster. Over inflation can reduce the tyre surface actually touching the road, which wears it down faster because the pressure can't spread out as much. You also need to make sure your tyres are properly aligned, as the wrong alignment might cause the tyres not just to wear faster but also unevenly.

Checking your tyres

If the tread-depth is 1.6 mm or less, the tyres are deemed unfit for usage, and you should change them. You need to look after the tread-depth regularly, as it's very dangerous to drive with tyres that are too worn. When the tread-depth is less than 3 mm, you should be especially careful, as this is the depth where your tyres are classified as being worn. Looking after the tread-depth is especially important if you're driving with soft tyres, as they tend to wear down quicker than hard tyres. The life length of a tyre isn't only decided by wear; they can also be affected by sunlight and road conditions in general. When checking your tread-depth or pressure, you should also take a quick look for cracks in your tyres.

The life length of a tyre can increase significantly by taking these measures when driving, but in the end, all tyres become worn out or break and need to be changed. For more information, contact a local auto shop.