If you own a car, you’ll know that it is important to maintain the vehicle with
regular services, replacements and repairs. The tyres of the car are an essential
part of this type of maintenance, and especially considering the fact that the
tyres are the only things keeping your car steady on the road, tyre maintenance
and replacement are no laughing matters.
With that being said, Joe Public often isn’t sure when to replace the tyres on their
car. Here are a few quick and easy tips to safeguard your vehicle and yourself by
avoiding accidents due to worn out tyres.
Replace your tyres if:
There is less than 1.6mm of tread left on the tyre
It is illegal to drive with tyres that have less than 1mm of tread left on them, but
the general recommendation is that you replace your tyres once there is 1.6mm
of tread left. Driving on smooth tyres is extremely dangerous and can lead to
accidents, which is why you should inspect the tread on your tyres monthly, or
before you head on a long drive. Have a professional take a look at your tyres at
least once a year to ascertain the tread. Uneven wear is also a good indicator that
the tyres need to be replaced.
The tyres are older than 10 years
Tyres wear out even if they aren’t used, which is why you should always replace
tyres that are 10 years old and older. At this age, it’s difficult to determine
whether there are cracks and other damage to the tyres, even if they still look
good to the untrained eye.
The tyres have been lacerated or damaged
Damage to or lacerations on the tyre can lead to bigger degeneration, and while
some punctures can be repaired, any holes or cuts that are larger than 6mm are a
sign that you need new tyres.
There is a blister or bulge on the sidewall of the tyre
Bulges or blisters on the sidewalls of tyres can lead to tyre failure and cannot be
repaired, necessitating the replacement of the tyre.
You experienced a blowout on the tyre
A blowout, which is the term that is used for a tyre that bursts, is a catastrophic
failure of a tyre. If a tyre has blown out, it can absolutely not be repaired to the
extent that it is safe to drive on again, which means it will need to be replaced.
Of course, all the guidelines above are also applicable to spare tyres, which
should also always be checked before you take a long trip.
To ensure your vehicle’s tyres are in tip-top shape, visit BestDrive at Hazeldean
Square. BestDrive/Conti not only inspects and fits tyres, but also stocks brakes,
shocks and batteries. BestDrive is located at shop 1 and 1A at Hazeldean Square.