If you’ve just bought a new set of tyres for your car, you are probably focused on not doing so again any time soon, especially given the eye-watering cost of fuel at the moment! You also prefer your tyres to last longer and you do not encounter any road trouble while driving in busy areas of the UK like London, Birmingham or even Castleford or for that matter.
Here are five checks that will help you to prolong the life of your tyres for longer.
Drive with Care
Checking your speed and making sure that the road surface you are driving on is in good condition is a sensible precaution to take in any conditions, but it is especially the case when you are travelling on roads that you have not used before. Research the destination’s roads and routes, choosing to use those with the best reputations and fewest complaints – and always at a moderate speed, of course.
Practise Tyre Rotation
Tyres tend to wear in a very predictable way: the front tyres pick up more wear than the back, and the outside edges suffer more damage than the inside edges. Rotating the placement of your tyres, that is to say, switching the front and back tyres and simultaneously swapping them from left to right and vice versa means that the most worn parts are now in places where they will suffer the least wear, while the front tyres and outside edges are now blessed with the strongest rubber. Regular rotation will keep the tyre wear even, so you get the maximum use out of them before they need to be replaced.
Buy the Right Tyres
When you do need to replace your tyres, always make sure you are using the right size and specification tyres for your model. Your car owner’s manual will be able to tell you exactly which tyres can be use on your vehicle. Failing that, the information is freely available online – or your mechanic would be able to guide you through the process. Furthermore, you can also book tyres for your vehicle in Castleford – technicians at Reg Greenwood will help you get the right tyres.
Another point to consider is the tyre quality. Always buy the best quality tyres that you can afford: premium tyres might cost more, but they last a lot longer than budget tyres, giving you many more months of driving freedom before you have to think about replacing them. This actually also makes premium tyres less expensive in the long run, and they are a worthwhile choice if you can raise the budget to afford them.
Park in a Garage
Parking outside in the elements might not seem like hardship to a car, but the constant bombardment of UV rays from the sun, drying effects of the weather, sudden changes in the temperature and humidity and even the evaporation of natural oils from the rubber due to being exposed, can all make your tyres degrade much quicker than they would if you parked your car in a garage each evening. If you have access to a cool dry garage, that is handy to your home, it is infinitely better to make use of it for its intended purpose, rather than allowing the elements (and possibly bored vandals!) to wreak havoc with your tyres.
Check Tyres Regularly
Every regular driver should fall into the habit of checking their tyres at least once a month, and possibly more often. Tyres inflation is key to ensuring the proper functioning of your tyres, the tread depth keeps you safely on the road in wet or inclement weather, and checking out the general condition of the tyres ensures that you will quickly pick up on the signs of impending failure or worsening damage – hopefully in time to take corrective action.