Top 3 signs you need to replace your tyres

Posted by: Cal on 23/04/2014

Category: Tyre Information

Your car tyres are one of the most important parts of your day-to-day life. From getting you to work, running a quick errand or taking a person of interest out on a date on a balmy Friday evening, your tyres are always there to do the job.

Unfortunately, the stresses and excitement of everyday life can cloud the fact that your car tyres need looking after too. What's more, they're not only a daily essential - they're also the key to keeping yourself and your passengers safe during these seemingly uneventful tasks.

With so much use, your tyres will eventually wear and become unsuitable for further driving. Using worn tyres is dangerous for both you and other road users, as they offer less grip, control and traction when you drive.

If you're not sure whether it's time to invest in a quality new set from a brand such as Bridgestone tyres, here are the top three signs you might need to look in to a tyre replacement:

1. Their age

In general, tyres should be replaced every five years. Once you have been driving on the same set for five years, it's likely your tyres will have worn down and become less effective through general wear and tear. However, remember your tyre may be older than five years even if you haven't been driving them for that long. There should be a build or manufacturing date imprinted on the sidewall of your tyre. If this is longer than five years ago, it may pay to think about replacing them. Tyres can deteriorate in heat or sun, too - so don't forget to check your spare that's sitting in the boot, too!

2. If they are not roadworthy

Tyres can be deemed unworthy for the road according to how much tread depth your tyre has. If your tread depth measures less than 1.6mm, you are below the national legal minimum, so your tyres will need replacing pronto! However, here at Tyreright we recommend replacing your tyres before they reach the 1.6mm point - instead, it is advisable to change them when they reach 3mm. New tyres are far safer in terms of braking ability and control, and it's better to be safe than sorry!

3. There is visible wear 

If you can see damage clearly with your own eyes, such as cracking in the sidewall, worn patches, bulges or other signs of obvious wear, it's a sure sign you should replace them.

For those of you who just can't trust yourselves to check tyres yourself, Tyreright offers a free replacement reminder service. Just sign up and tell us a little about your vehicle and driving style, and we'll get in touch when you need to check them!