A common question among motorists is, how long should car tyres last? Well, there is no definite answer to this question as durability depends on the type of tyre and, most importantly, the usage. Another determinant is the maintenance. In this article, find three essential car tyres maintenance tips that every vehicle owner should practice.
Checking Tyre Pressure
It’s always advisable to check the tyre pressure from time to time even if the wheels are new. This is because driving with the wrong pressure can cause damage to tyres and accelerate the wear and tear. Naturally, tyres lose an average of 2 psi every month, so make it a habit to check the pressure at least twice a month. Buying a tyre-pressure gauge can be a clever idea to avoid wasting time at the filling station queue.
The difference in the weight of the axle on the front and back of the vehicle causes uneven wear and tear to the tyres. Front tyres tend to wear out twice as fast as the rear tyres because of the weight of the engine, and, at times, brake calibration whereby front brakes are sharper. To ensure even wear, rotate the tyres after around 5,000 miles. This extends the life cycle of the set of tyres.
Not only does wheel alignment ensure proper handling, efficiency and manoeuvrability, it also enhances the durability by preventing abrasion and uneven tyre wear. For vehicle owners experiencing uneven tyre wear, the first culprit is improper wheel chamber and alignment. That said, make sure the vehicle is checked frequently to ensure the wheels are aligned.
That’s all, ladies and gentlemen, important tips to help extend the life of car tyres. Most importantly, drive carefully and avoid bumping or hitting curbs, potholes and other road debris.