How Long Do Car Tyres Last?
Do you ever wonder how to make your car tyres last longer?
For many, tyres are not a part of your car that you pay much attention to. That is, until it’s time to replace them. Perhaps at this point you may stop to ask yourself “How long did these tyres last? Could they have lasted longer?”.
In short, the answer to the question “How long do tyres last?” is that tyres are still safe to use for a maximum of 10 years from the date of manufacture. However, for most drivers, your tyres will need replacing much sooner. How often you need to buy new tyres will depend on a number of factors, some of which we discuss here.
What Are Your Driving Habits?
How, and where, you drive will play a role in the longevity of your tyres. If you frequently find yourself in stop and start driving on busy roads, braking suddenly, taking sharp corners and accelerating aggressively, all of these will reduce the lifespan of your tyres.
Depending on where you live, the types of terrain that you typically drive on will also have an impact on the life of your tyres. For example, if you live in a more rural area with rugged and rough terrain then your tyres may not last as long as those of someone who drives frequently on smooth highway terrain. How far you have to travel on a regular basis will also have an impact, for example, those with a long daily commute to work will spend more hours clocking up the kilometers in their car.
Finally, how you load your vehicle can also contribute to tyre wear. If you don’t take the time to ensure that the weight of your load is evenly distributed, or you overload your vehicle then this will have a negative impact on the life of your tyres.
How Well Do You Maintain Your Tyres?
How well you care for and maintain your car tyres will influence how long they last. There are a few simple things that you can do to maintain your car tyres to ensure that you are getting the most out of them, including:
- Tyre pressures:
You should check (and adjust as needed) your tyre pressures each month. When your tyres are inflated to the correct air pressure, it greatly improves tyre life, performance and safety. It can even reduce fuel costs as an underinflated tyre has increased rolling resistance, which requires more fuel to maintain the same speed.
Maintaining correct tyre pressures is a relatively straightforward task. Your tyre manufacturer’s recommended air pressures can be located in your owner’s manual or the vehicle placard. Always check your inflation pressures when your tyres are cold and whenever possible use a quality tyre pressure gauge.
- Tyre rotations:
Rotating your tyres helps to achieve uniform tyre wear, therefore prolonging the life of your tyres. The front and rear tyres on your car, 4WD or SUV are subject to different operating conditions. Moving, or rotating, the tyres from one fitment position to another in a systematic way helps to equalise tyre wear. Tyre manufacturers typically recommend that you rotate your tyres every 10,000 kilometres, or every 6 months, whichever comes first.
- Wheel Alignments:
Maintaining proper wheel alignment can avoid unnecessary wear on your tyres. A wheel alignment involves three main measurements - caster, camber and toe. These measurements have standards that a qualified technician uses as targets of adjustment.
You should have a wheel alignment whenever you are fitting new tyres. Vehicle manufacturers also typically recommend that you have a wheel alignment completed once a year. This is best done in conjunction with a tyre rotation to truly maximise the life of your tyres.
Would You Buy Quality Tyres?
It’s a debacle many people find themselves facing when buying new tyres, whether to go for budget or quality. When properly cared for and maintained, a quality tyre can actually save you money in the long run by offering greater tyre longevity.
While it is important to note that all tyres purchased from a reputable tyre dealer in Australia should meet the ADR (Australian Design Rules) standards, there are some differences between a cheap tyre when compared to a premium tyre.
Budget tyres are typically made from a cheaper, harder rubber compound. By contrast, premium tyres are produced from more advanced rubber compounds that can provide you with enhanced performance, safety and longevity.
In part, this is the result of extensive research and testing to ensure that when you buy a premium tyre, you get what you pay for. Tyre manufacturers, such as Continental, spend a significant amount of time testing their tyres across a range of road surfaces, in all kinds of weather, to ensure its safety, performance and durability.
Are your tyres old?
Is it time that you replace your old or worn tyres? Your local BestDrive store supplies and fits a great range of passenger, 4x4, SUV, light truck, van and commercial tyres suited to most makes and models. We also offer openpay on tyre purchases so that you can buy the tyres you want and pay them off in simple instalments, interest free.
Perhaps your current tyres haven’t lasted as long as you’d hoped? Here are a few key things that you can do to improve the lifespan of your tyres:
- Maintain correct tyre pressures
- Buy the right tyres for your intended driving purpose
- Remove unnecessary weight from your vehicle
- Rotate your tyres at the recommended intervals
With locations across Australia, contact your local BestDrive store to discuss your tyre needs. Whether your car is due to be scheduled for a tyre rotation, you need help assessing the condition of your tyres or it’s simply time to buy new tyres, we can help. We supply and fit tyres from leading brands, including Continental, Mickey Thompson, Kumho and BF Goodrich.
BestDrive. You drive, we care.