5 Ways To Know You Need To Buy New Tyres
Tyres are an extremely essential part of your car. They remain in direct contact with the road and they are responsible for driving stability, braking efficiency, and superb handling.
Good quality tyres are made to last for five to ten years but this depends on how you drive, the road quality, car weight, number of passengers and many other factors.
As a car owner, you must check and replace tyres that show significant wear and tear.
At Tyre Shopper, you will find a range of premium and cheap tyres to choose from including the popular budget brand Autogreen Tyres.
1. Checking Your Old Tyres for Wear and Tear
There are several easy ways to tell when your tyres are getting old.
In the UK, tyres have to be replaced if the tread pattern depth decreases to 1.6 millimetres or less across central ¾ tread area of the tyre.
Here are a few methods by which you can measure the tyre wear at home or by yourself.
Pinch the coin so that you can see the writing and coin image clearly.
Place the coin into the tread grooves. Repeat the test at several different sections of the same tyre. If more than half the coin is visible, then your part worn tyres will need replacing.
3. Use a Tyre Tread Depth Gauge
This is a slightly specialised method of checking tyre wear patterns. Tread depth gauges are sold by almost every garage, and your local service station may lend you their gauge to measure the tread depth.
You may consider asking your local garage to check the tread depth as some garages may do this for free.
4. Check for Abnormal Wear Patterns
To detect uneven wear patterns, you must rotate your tyres and evaluate the entire tyre.
Do this by using the Penny Test on different parts of the same tyre.
If the Penny test reveals a significant wear in one or two areas and a lot less wear in other parts, it might still be worth looking to replace your tyres. Here, your tyres will still fall into the part worn tyres category, even if the wear is not present overall.
Another way of checking is to remove the tyres from the vehicle and undertake a thorough visual inspection.
5. Check for Abnormal Bulges and Bubbles
Uneven tyre pressure can result in bulges or bubbles and this may result in blowouts.
If you spot bulges or bubbles on the sidewall, replace your old immediately with new tyres.
Replacing Your Old Tyres
Chances are your tyres will pass all these tests as most tyres are meant to last anywhere from five to ten years, but this post is just a guideline.
To ensure your safety, you must replace tyres that are more than six years old, or when the tread pattern tends to wear out, whichever comes sooner.
If you find that it’s time to replace your tyres, go to the Tyre Shopper website where you can use our online search engine to find the right tyres for your vehicle.
Once you pay for the tyres, they are delivered directly to a service centre close to your home for fitting.
All you need to do then is drive your car to the local centre and the tyres will be installed immediately.
17 Aug 2018
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