A car’s tyres are the only parts that remain in touch with the tarmac all the time. On rough surfaces, it is your car tyres that play an important role in cushioning the ride. On a curvy road, it is again the tyres that are responsible for the grip. Indeed, the tyres are easily among the most vital parts of your car. Even a Ferrari loses its edge with a wrong set of tyres. Still, many car users overlook the correct maintenance of the tyres. They stay ignorant even when the tyres start showing signs of ageing. Here are the tips on how to increase life of car tyres. We will even talk about when to change car tyres.
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How to Increase Life of Car Tyres?
One common question that every car user has is,
“How to increase the life of car tyres?”
Well, all it requires is some observation by the car user.
1 – Avoid Sudden Braking and Hard Acceleration
Hard acceleration or heavy braking takes a toll on the life of your car’s tyres. This is due to the high friction generation while accelerating or braking too hard. While one can’t avoid braking really hard to avoid accidents, it’s best to refrain from heavy acceleration or braking unnecessarily. An even tread wear should help you extract the most out of your tyres.
2- Using OEM-spec Wheels and Tyres
Many car users change the rims and tyres of their car for a higher aesthetic appeal. We strongly advise against it. Consult a tyre-specialist if you really need to change the OEM-spec rims and tyres. Using wider tyres (the ones with a lower profile) does have its benefits, but it disturbs at least one of the many parameters that have been taken into account by the manufacturer.
3- Correct Air Pressure
Maintaining the correct tyre pressure is very important. Hence, it’s best to avoid over- or under-inflation of tyres. It’s best to stick to the manufacturer-specified air pressure. You can find the company-recommended figures on the driver’s door, driver-side B-pillar or the user manual. Under-inflation leads to higher wear and tear in tyres. Also, it affects the acceleration and braking. On the other hand, over-inflation also has an adverse effect on the braking. Plus, there’s an increased chance of a tyre burst. That said, we advise you to over-inflate the tyres slightly in case you are about to use your car on cemented roads. This is important because there’s a higher friction generated while accelerating or braking on cemented roads.
4- Regular Wheel Alignment
Regular wheel alignment of the wheels has many benefits. For starters, it will ensure an even tread wear on all the tyres. Secondly, any malfunctioning component of the suspension will come to your notice. Hence, wheel alignment is an important way to ensure your tyres and your car’s suspension components are in good shape.
5- Tyre Rotation
This is another way to ensure even tread wear between all the tyres. Actually, the tyres of the wheels on the live axle are prone to increased wear and tear. The ones on the free axle experience less wear and tear, mostly because of less friction generation during acceleration. Hence, one should make sure to rotate the wheels at regular intervals. Also, even the spare wheel should be put to use at regular intervals. This will help with ensuring an even tread wear on all five tyres. Another benefit of using the spare tyre is that any issue with the stepney will come to notice immediately.
The above tips should be sufficient to help you know how to increase the life of car tyres.
When to Change Car Tyres?
1 – Worn Out Tread
The tread on your car’s tyres is a sure shot indicator of their health. It may be noted that all road-going cars have a tread on their tyres. This tread is important in many ways. It helps your car drive comfortably on various road surfaces. The tread is responsible for the grip on the road; thereby helping in cornering, accelerating and even braking. On wet surfaces, the tread throws the water away from the tyres. However, the tread wears out with time. Many car tyres these days have a tread indicator, which helps you decide when to change your car tyres. In case there’s no such indicator on your tyres, you can use a coin to judge the condition. Take any coin and take the measurement of the depth that the tread allows. Using the same type of coin, you can check the condition of the tyres over their lifetime. It’s time to change the tyres when this depth reduces to roughly half of the initial measurement.
2 – Uneven Wear Pattern
Uneven wear of the tread happens due to frequent hard braking and accelerating. Under such circumstances, the tread shows an uneven wear pattern. In case there’s an uneven wear of the tread in some portions, it’s time to start thinking of changing the tyres. Incorrect inflation is another cause of uneven tyre wear. Hence, it gets really important for you to stick to the manufacturer-specified air pressure. You can find out the manufacturer-recommended air pressure for your car tyres by looking for a sticker that’s usually found on the driver’s door pillar, driver’s door or the glove compartment. We repeat ourselves; make sure your tyres are inflated to the recommended pressure. Over or under inflating them causes damage.
3 – Damaged Sidewall
Do any of your car tyres have a damaged sidewall? It’s time to go for a replacement. It may be noted here that the sidewall of any tyre is the strongest part of it as it has to support the entire mass of the car. Hence, any damage to the sidewall should be taken very seriously. Any bulge, crack or blister in the sidewall is a sure shot sign of danger. Using the affected tyre leads to a high risk of an accident. We recommend immediate replacement of the affected tyre regardless of the tread condition.
Adhering to the above recommendations will ensure a long life of your tyres. Also, doing so will not only keep unnecessary expenditures under a check but will also help you benefit from a pleasant driving experience.
We are hopeful that you have found the answer to how to increase the life of car tyres and also to when to change your car tyres. Team CARS24 wishes you a happy and safe motoring.