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  • Writer's pictureGaurav Chakraborty

Tips to improve tyre life.

Tyres are a vital part of your vehicle. As your vehicle keeps moving, many parts of the vehicle get affected by wear and tear and your tyres are affected more than most. The tyre is the main contact point between the road and your vehicle so there should not be any compromise related to tyre health.

Here are some tips from us, not only are these following tips easy but, also a great way to increase the lifespan of your tyres, boost your fuel economy, driving performance and, most importantly, your overall road safety.

  • Avoid Sudden Braking and Hard Acceleration.

The lifespan of your car's tyres is affected by hard acceleration or fast braking. This is because of the generation of elevated friction when driving or braking too hard. Although braking is not really difficult to prevent accidents, it is better to refrain excessively from heavy acceleration or braking. Even tread wear will help you get the most out of your tyres.

  • Using OEM-spec Wheels and Tyres.

For a higher cosmetic appeal, many car users change their car's rims and tyres. We advise strongly against it. If you really need to alter the OEM-spec rims and tyres, consult a tyre expert. The use of wider tyres (the ones with a lower profile) has its advantages, but it disturbs at least one of the many criteria which the manufacturer has taken into account.

  • Correct Air Pressure.

It is very necessary to maintain the right tyre pressure. It's safest, therefore, to prevent over- or under-inflation of tyres. Sticking to the manufacturer-specified air pressure is best. On the driver's door, driver-side B-pillar or the user manual, the company-recommended figures can be found. Under-inflation results in greater tyre wear and tear. Also, acceleration and braking are affected. Over-inflation, on the other hand, has a detrimental effect on braking as well.

Plus, there's an increased potential for a tyre to break. That said, in the event, you are about to use your car on cemented roads, we advise you to over-inflate the tyres slightly. This is important because on cemented roads there is higher friction created when accelerating or braking.

  • Regular Wheel Alignment.

There are also advantages of normal wheel alignment of the wheels. It will ensure uniform tread wear on all tyres for starters. Secondly, your note will cover any malfunctioning part of the suspension. Therefore, wheel alignment is a vital way of ensuring that your tyres and the suspension parts of your car are in good condition.

When do we change the tyres?

The main guideline for replacing your tyres is tread depth. Beyond tread depth, you want to consider the age of your tyres when checking for roadworthiness.

How long do tyres last in years and what's the car tyre's lifespan? To make this more easy, many tyres feature tread wear indicators (small bars across the grooves of the tyre, at exactly 1.6mm). Once the tread wear indicator is flush with your tread, it’s time to replace your tyres.

  • If your tyres are more than 5 years old, they should be checked once per year.

  • If your tyres are more than 10 years old, they should be replaced immediately.

Even if they still have tread, rubber deteriorates and cracks with age, so it’s best to simply replace them. Remember to change the complete set.

Mileage from tyres is highly variable from driver to driver. Your personal mileage depends on your vehicle, your driving style, and local road conditions. For the average set of tyres, it’s reasonable to expect about 40,000km of life out of the tyres. Considering the average, somewhere around 15,000km per year, the average driver can expect their tyres to last 2 - 3 years. Again, your mileage will vary. Drivers who treat their tyres kindly may be able to extend them to 80,000km, while the harsher driver may only get 10,000km. Obviously, the more smoothly you drive (with less sudden accelerations or braking), the longer your tyres will last. Driving on smoother roads and in more temperate climates will also prolong your tyre’s lifespan. To really get the most out of your tyres, here are the top three things you can make sure of to maximize the lifespan and performance of your tyres.

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