How to Extend the Life of your Car Tyres

How to Extend the Life of your Car TyresAs a driver, one of the most expensive things to do is to change all four tyres on your car. For this reason, it is important to figure out the ways you can extend the life of the tyres, and find out what can be done to get the most out of the tyres on your car.

Regardless of which car you drive, or how you drive, there are things drivers can do, which will extend the lifetime of the tyres on their car.

Weekly checkup

Checking the tyre pressure for all four tyres each week is the best way to keep them properly inflated, which will in turn extend the life. All tyres should be evenly inflated, and should follow the manufacturer’s recommendation for proper levels of inflation. Lower pressure will improve performance, and higher pressure levels will extend the life of the tyre; but, follow the manufacturer’s instructions when it comes to the appropriate levels.

Visual exam

Using the right pressure equipment, and the tools to check your tyres regularly, is great, but a visual inspection will also give you insight about your tyres, and can help extend the life. If there is a nail or other sharp object in the tyre, you might not notice a burst right away; but, visual inspection will allow you to see this, so you are not suddenly surprised one morning when the slow leak has finally reached the end point of the tyre’s life.


It is a good idea to rotate the tyres every 5000 to 6000 when possible. This will result in even wear; when rotating, the tyres should be rotated on the same axle to ensure even wear and distribution. Do not crisscross switching if you choose to switch them on your own, rather than at a local mechanic.


When the car is not aligned, the front tyres are going to wear out more quickly, and the back tyres might also wear out at different rates. It is best to visit a mechanic to align the tyres; every vehicle differs, and this means every car will require different equipment and lifts to have the tyres properly aligned. When you take your car into the local shop, make sure the tyres are aligned, and if not, have this work done as suggested by the mechanics at your shop.

Check for cracks or bubbles

The tread or sidewalls of the tyres are the most common location bubbles or other cracks may form. This might be because you need new tyres, or because you have run into something; either way, checking for signs of cracks, bubbles, or other deformities, is an easy way to ensure the tyres are in the best condition possible. When noticed, make sure you tend to these problems immediately; even though a small crack appears harmless, over time it will get larger, and cause more harm than good if you wait too long to fix the problem.

Bring down the speed

By reducing the top speeds you travel at, you will also extend the life of the tyres on the car. Traveling at lower speeds not only extends the lifetime of the tyre, it also helps with fuel maintenance. So, you are going to save on the cost of replacing the tyres as often, and you are also going to save at the pump when you slow down on the road.

Proper mounting

Tyres are most efficient, and last the longest, when they are rounder, and fuller; this means the tyre has to be properly mounted on the car, to rotate on the thickest part of the tyre. When properly mounted, you do not have to worry about balancing the tyre, since they will be on their ideal running surface.

Match the tyres

On many cars, you might see two tyres on the front axle that are similar, and two completely different tyres on the back; not only does this reduce performance, it also causes uneven wear. When replacing tyres, try to match the brand and tyre serial number, and try to have all four tyres matching, for the best performance, and for the safest operation on the road.

Never change just one

If you need to replace one tyre, purchase a second, and replace at least two tyres at a time. You should have the same tyres on the front and back axle of your car at all times. So, even if both tyres are not evenly worn, or if both front or rear tyres do not need to be replaced, it is best to replace at least two at a time. It is best to replace all four at once; but, if you can’t afford it, or if you have two brand new tyres, rather than just replace one, make sure you replace them in pairs when requierd.


If any components of the suspension are worn or damaged, make sure to replace them. Shock absorbers can create depression in the tyres. Instead of waiting until they are completely damaged, you should replace or repair shock absorbers and other suspension components when you first notice a sign of wear or lack of performance on the road.

As a driver, you have to maintain your car, and you have to pay attention to service deadlines. When possible, rotate the tyres and have your car aligned as suggested by the mechanics working on your car. And, even if you believe a small crack is a minor issue, make sure to have it checked the next time you take your car into the shop.

Paying attention to these details, you are going to greatly extend the life of the tyres of your car. Not only will this result in lower replacement costs, it will also make you a safer driver on the road. Your car will also perform better on the road, and this will result in lower maintenance costs, and it can possibly help to extend the overall life of your car as well, by paying attention to certain signs, and required maintenance for your tyres.

Ben James is a recruitment consultant from Melbourne who loves cars.

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