Tips to make your tyres last longer

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Running a car can be a costly business. Regular Car Servicing, maintenance and repairs all add up, so it makes sense to look after your vehicle to avoid unnecessary bills.

Car tyres require regular maintenance to keep them performing as they should, however even the most well looked after tyres will wear out eventually. Sometimes, tyres can wear out much faster than you'd expect.

Whether you've bought new tyres recently or you're keen to make your existing ones last as long as possible, there're a few things you can do to prolong the life of your tyres and stay safe on the roads.

Check your tyre pressure

Did you know that 1 in 4 tyres in the UK are illegal?*

Regular tyre maintenance is not only important to get the most out of your tyres - it's also an essential part of vehicle safety.

We recommend checking your tyre pressure monthly, as well as carrying out a visual inspection for abnormal tyre wear or damage. Find out how to check your tyre pressure.

All cars manufactured after 2014 must be fitted with a Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) to comply with UK law. The TPMS monitors the pressure of your tyres, and alerts you if one or more of your tyres needs attention. While this is a fantastic safety feature, it cannot always be relied upon - always check your tyres yourself to be sure.

Underinflated tyres will cause a dip in the centre of your tyre, causing the outer edges to wear more rapidly than the rest of the tyre, whereas overinflated tyres will see the contact patch (the area of your tyre in contact with the road) reduce, causing excessive wear to the centre of the tyre.

Find the correct pressure for your car in your owner's manual.

...and alignment

Your tyres need to be at the correct angle as specified by the manufacturer to ensure they wear evenly over time. Hitting kerbs or driving at speed through a pothole can result in wheel misalignment.

Signs of misalignment include:

  • Rapid or uneven wear
  • Drag or pulling to one side
  • Steering wheel vibration
  • Scrubbing or squealing noises at low speeds

Driving with incorrectly aligned tyres is unsafe, and could put you and other road users at risk. If you think there may be a problem, book in for Wheel Alignment today.

Choose wisely

Choosing the right tyres can have a huge impact on how long they're likely to last. Tyres that are optimised to reduce rolling resistance and improve fuel economy will typically last longer, as they help to minimise friction with the road.

If you can, stick to the same brand of tyres on all four wheels. Not all tyres are made in the same way; each tyre manufacturer will use different processes and materials and will therefore wear at different rates.

Avoid bumps and scrapes

Sharp edges on the pavement could result in a puncture or damage to the tyre, so take care when parking. Avoid mounting the kerb unless absolutely necessary - this can damage the tyre and knock your wheels out of alignment.

Drive with care

Driving style can seriously affect the lifespan of your tyres, as can the climate and condition of the roads. Accelerating aggressively, braking sharply and taking corners at speed is not only dangerous, but will also lead to more tyre wear.

Empty the boot

How much stuff is crammed in your boot? How much of it do you actually need?

A great way to get the most out of your tyres is to reduce the weight in your car. Your tyres are already carrying the weight of the engine, the chassis, the driver and any passengers. By emptying the boot of all the things you don't need, you'll reduce the strain on your tyres (and your wallet - a lighter car will also help to reduce fuel consumption!)

Free Tyre Check

It's important to understand the reasons for your rapid tyre wear. Not solving the problem can be a costly mistake, as your new tyres could wear out just as fast. If your tyres are wearing more quickly than you'd like, book in for a Free Tyre Check today.
Our expert technicians will assess the condition and performance of your tyres to understand the cause of the issue. If further repair work is recommended, we will always advise you upfront before any work is carried out.