If you are wondering how long your tyres last or how you can make your car tyre life last longer, you are on the right page.
In today’s article, we are debunking a lot of myths associated with tyre life. The truth is, most of the drivers in UAE are dealing with tyre issues constantly. Because of optimal safety and the overall enjoyment of driving, fully intact tyres are an obvious choice.
Still, you should know that there is no general rule of thumb as to how long a tyre lasts. The lifespan and mileage of one tyre depends on a combination of factors, including the driver’s habits, climate, road conditions and the care that you put into the tyres. Below, we are expanding on these factors in detail.
The Factors That Affect Wear On Your Tyres
You probably know that no two sets of tyres (even if they are completely identical) wear at exactly the same rate.
One of the biggest factors that affects tyre wear is road surface. This factor differs from region to region. In the UAE, roads are built well and are generally safe for all types of tyres. However, one big factor affecting tyre life is the weather, which tends to produce extreme heat during the summer months.
Additionally, if you are an urban driver who is constantly starting and stopping, your tyres will obviously have a higher wear rate. From this, it is safe to conclude that the driving habits also affect the lifespan of your tyres, just like your vehicle’s suspension, its usual load and the amount of people that are commuting in it on a daily basis.
Despite all of these variables, many tyre manufacturers promise a “mileage guarantee” for most of their models. A quick check in our Online Tyre Shop shows you the typical ranges for specific tyre models. However, despite that description, the mileage of tyres varies due to the factors that we already talked about above.
Are Your Tyres Worn Out: How To Check
One of the simplest ways to check if your tyres are worn out is called “the penny test.”
All you need to do is take a coin that is small enough (like a penny) and place the edge of the coin in one of the tyre’s tread gloves. Your tyre is completely worn out if the coin is unable to go within the tyre itself and is almost completely visible. If you can see almost the entire coin, this means that your tyre needs changing.
We generally recommend replacing your tyres if:
- Your tread is worn beyond the recommended tread depth levels
- Your tyres’ sidewall is damaged
- Any hole in the tread is bigger than 6 millimetres in diameter
- The bead (the edge of your tyre which sits on the wheel) is damaged or deformed
The best way to know this for sure is to talk to some of our experts at TyresOnline by contacting us today or calling us at 800-ALL-TYRES or 800-255-89737.
Actionable Tips That Can Make Your Car Tyres Last Longer
If you are reading this blog and trying to find out the best ways to prevent throwing your tyres in the garbage, you should know the best tips for making your car tyres last longer. These include:
- Keeping five years in mind: As a general rule of thumb, a period of five years is common with most of the tyre models. If your tyres are older than five years, you should definitely do a check and potentially replace them.
- Ten years as the maximum: Even if you are not driving your car that often, tyres that haven’t been replaced 10 years after their date of manufacture are potentially hazardous to your health and safety. Many big tyre manufacturers like Michelin recommend replacing them with new tyres immediately.
- Proper care goes a long way: If you take good care of your tyres and their air pressure, tread wear, alignment and so on, you can increase their longevity.
- Revisiting your driving habits: Driving with full speed and then stopping to 0, drifting or turning in curves with higher speeds are all things you should avoid if you want a solid tyre lifespan.
- Not overloading your vehicle: Overloading your vehicle puts a lot of pressure to the tyres and makes them wear out faster. Make sure to know this before you store big and chunky items for transportation.
Things You Cannot Control
At the end of the day, your average tyre life depends on your habits – but also things that you cannot control. These include extreme temperatures, rain, strong sunlight and ozone, oil, grease and other chemicals.
While you can alter your driving habits, these factors will always take a toll on your tyres’ lifespan. So, the best way to make sure you have a solid pack of tyres is to inspect them and be responsible for their condition and lifespan.
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