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5 tips to make your tyres last longer

Here are five tips for longer tyre life:

5 tips to make your tyres last longer

5 tips to make your tyres last longer

 

Not many people like to fork out their hard-earned money on a new set of tyres for their car. It’s usually a grudge purchase (and tyres are expensive these days!), which is why we should do whatever we can to prolong their lifespan and get as much mileage out of them as possible. Here are five tips for longer tyre life:

1.  Easy does it

This might be an obvious one, but the smoother you accelerate, drive and brake, the longer your tyres will last you. If you accelerate hard from rest, there’s a chance that your tyres will spin on the road. Friction will heat the tyres up and wear your tyres quicky. Likewise, if you corner aggressively or brake hard unnecessarily, your tyres will wear faster than of you drive and brake smoothly.

 

2.  Watch the road

Keep alert while you drive and avoid driving into potholes or over road hazards. These can easily cause damage to your tyres that will require replacement. Even low-speed manoeuvres, like parking, can cause tyre damage – the sidewalls of your tyres are the most easily damaged part, and these can be cut or ripped by parking against a curb.

 

3. Under pressure

Tyre pressure is key in maintaining your car’s tyres – too soft and the outside edges of the tyres wear more quakily than the middle; too hard and the centre of the tyres wears prematurely. Tyres that are underinflated also get hotter and are less rigid, which can. Lead to premature wear and accidents. Overinflating tyres can lead to a loss of tyre performance – a loss of traction in driving and under braking. 

 

4. On the straight and narrow

Regular tyre rotation as well as wheel balancing and alignment is money well spent. Tyre rotation is when tyres are moved from one wheel hub to another, and it helps to prolong the lifespan of the tyres. Wheel balancing ensures that the wheels rotate smoothly and consistently, and makes for a smoother ride and more even wear on the tyres. Wheel alignment makes sure that the wheels are all parallel to each other and pointing in precisely the right direction. Again, this makes for a better drive and between tyre wear. A good rule of thumb is to get your wheels rotated, balanced and aligned every 10 000km. But if your car is pulling to one side, suffering from vibrations through the steering wheel or tyre noise at low speeds, have them checked as soon as possible.

 

 

5. Buy right

When you do need to by tyres, buy the best tyres that you can afford. Big brands put a lot of money into research and development of tyre technology, including of the composite materials that tyres are made of as well as tyre design. Many of the big brands also offer a tyre guarantee, promising that the tyre will be able to cover a certain mileage (up to 100 000km) before reaching the legal tread limit. There are conditions to these guarantees though, so read the fine print – you may need to have your wheels balanced and aligned every 10 000km (which you should be doing anyway!), and you might have to register your tyres when you purchase them to make sure the guarantee is valid.

 

PS: When Toyota or Lexus chooses a tyre to factory fit to one of their vehicles, they do so on the back of extensive research. As such, you can confidently replace existing tyres with the exact same model. 

 

 

5 tips to make your tyres last longer

 

Not many people like to fork out their hard-earned money on a new set of tyres for their car. It’s usually a grudge purchase (and tyres are expensive these days!), which is why we should do whatever we can to prolong their lifespan and get as much mileage out of them as possible. Here are five tips for longer tyre life:

1.  Easy does it

This might be an obvious one, but the smoother you accelerate, drive and brake, the longer your tyres will last you. If you accelerate hard from rest, there’s a chance that your tyres will spin on the road. Friction will heat the tyres up and wear your tyres quicky. Likewise, if you corner aggressively or brake hard unnecessarily, your tyres will wear faster than of you drive and brake smoothly.

 

2.  Watch the road

Keep alert while you drive and avoid driving into potholes or over road hazards. These can easily cause damage to your tyres that will require replacement. Even low-speed manoeuvres, like parking, can cause tyre damage – the sidewalls of your tyres are the most easily damaged part, and these can be cut or ripped by parking against a curb.

 

3. Under pressure

Tyre pressure is key in maintaining your car’s tyres – too soft and the outside edges of the tyres wear more quakily than the middle; too hard and the centre of the tyres wears prematurely. Tyres that are underinflated also get hotter and are less rigid, which can. Lead to premature wear and accidents. Overinflating tyres can lead to a loss of tyre performance – a loss of traction in driving and under braking. 

 

4. On the straight and narrow

Regular tyre rotation as well as wheel balancing and alignment is money well spent. Tyre rotation is when tyres are moved from one wheel hub to another, and it helps to prolong the lifespan of the tyres. Wheel balancing ensures that the wheels rotate smoothly and consistently, and makes for a smoother ride and more even wear on the tyres. Wheel alignment makes sure that the wheels are all parallel to each other and pointing in precisely the right direction. Again, this makes for a better drive and between tyre wear. A good rule of thumb is to get your wheels rotated, balanced and aligned every 10 000km. But if your car is pulling to one side, suffering from vibrations through the steering wheel or tyre noise at low speeds, have them checked as soon as possible.

 

 

5. Buy right

When you do need to by tyres, buy the best tyres that you can afford. Big brands put a lot of money into research and development of tyre technology, including of the composite materials that tyres are made of as well as tyre design. Many of the big brands also offer a tyre guarantee, promising that the tyre will be able to cover a certain mileage (up to 100 000km) before reaching the legal tread limit. There are conditions to these guarantees though, so read the fine print – you may need to have your wheels balanced and aligned every 10 000km (which you should be doing anyway!), and you might have to register your tyres when you purchase them to make sure the guarantee is valid.

 

PS: When Toyota or Lexus chooses a tyre to factory fit to one of their vehicles, they do so on the back of extensive research. As such, you can confidently replace existing tyres with the exact same model.