How Long Should Car Tyres Last

Posted by: Dan on 9/10/2014

Category: Maintenance

How Long Should Auto Tyres Last?


 Poor tyre maintenance will cost you in more than just tyre damage

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With the auto industry becoming more competitive, the quality of automobiles and their individual parts are also getting better. The consumer has less to be concerned with when making a significant purchase decision, as better quality cars means fewer regrettable choices in the long run.

Important components such as tyres are no exception. Of course, this does not discount the need to keep an eye on your tyres and their overall condition, but today's tyres do tend to last longer than those of a former time. Your tyres have a lot to do with the quality of your ride, fuel economy, as well as safety. Monitoring their condition should be a high priority for every driver.

Additionally, it isn't as hard as it used to be to find good information about tyres, both online and in stores. If you're looking for a quality tyre, you can take your time to find an option that closely matches your needs. The tricky part is that it can still be difficult to ascertain exactly how long a set of tyres will last. This is because there are a variety of factors that can impact tyre longevity, and automakers cannot make any definite guarantees.

The following factors have been known to play a part in tyre longevity. Make sure you are aware of them.

Driving Habits

How do you drive, where, and how often? If you have a tendency to screech your tyres, come to emergency stops (without any prompting), or make your tyres smoke, you can rest assured they will not last as long as they have the potential to. Improper driving habits will shorten the life of your tyres.

Road conditions and/or terrain will also play a part in tyre wear, so be aware of where you are driving, be it dirt roads or off-road. If you drive more often than others, you can usually expect your tyres to deteriorate quicker too.

Temperature

Temperature has a tendency to affect the air pressure in your tyres, because air is a type of gas. In general, if the temperature outside starts to drop (especially coming out of the summer months), you can also expect tyres to begin to deflate.

Of course, this isn't to say that high temperatures are always optimal for your tyres either. Any drastic change in temperature can have an impact on air pressure. An increase in temperature will artificially inflate your tyres, while colder temperatures will begin to deflate them.

Air Pressure

Contrary to popular belief, your tyres do not support the weight of your vehicle; the air pressure inside them does. As already noted, it's a good idea to keep an eye on the air pressure in your tyres and refill them periodically, as there are several factors that can affect tyre pressure.

Generally speaking, air tends to expand when heated and contract when cooled. This is why temperature can be such a significant factor when it comes to air pressure. Also remember that your tyres heat up after driving. The ideal time to measure the air pressure in your tyres is when they are "cold", before you make any trips.

Warning: it is possible to overinflate your tyres. Inflate them to the recommended level and not the maximum level.

Pairing

Old tyres need to be paired with old tyres on the same axel. Likewise, new tyres should be paired with new ones. If your tyres are not paired correctly, it may affect their longevity.

Rotation

How often you rotate your tyres will play a part in their lifespan. Make sure to check with a qualified mechanic or expert to find out when your tyres need to be rotated.

Keeping your tyres rotated ensures even tread wear. If you know how to use jacks and jacks stands, it is something you can learn to do yourself. However, at some point, tyres will need to be replaced regardless of how often you rotate them.

Loading

How you load your vehicle may play a part in tyre wear. If you habitually load it correctly (making sure that the weight in your vehicle is not lopsided), you will encounter fewer issues. Improper loading or over-loading will negatively affect your tyres.

Rating

Not surprisingly, the rating of a tyre can be a factor worthy of consideration when it comes to tyre life. This is an indicator of how much weight your tyres can carry, and how fast you can go without affecting your tyres.

Maintenance

If you keep your tyres adequately maintained, you can expect to save money over the long run. What does this entail? For the most part, all you have to do is make sure that the air pressure in your tyres are at an ideal state. This will give you about three percent increase in fuel economy over tyres that are not maintained.

Tyre gauges are easy to acquire. If you know what you need to set the tyre pressures to, a little bit of extra time can mean savings over the long run. If you are wondering what pressure you need to set your tyres to, you can generally find that information in your manual, on a sticker or stamp on your car, or the inside of the gas door.

Because tyres can be costly, it would be wise to monitor the air pressure in your tyres on a regular basis.

Overall, keeping the fluids in your vehicle clean can support your engine and all components working together smoothly too.

Conclusion

Ordinarily, today's tyres last for about 40,000 kilometers. That is a significant leap over the 32,000 kilometers that they lasted for in the 1970s.

At the end of the day, it's hard to estimate exactly how long your tyres will last. It really depends on a lot of factors, many of which were already covered here.

Don't forget; if you make an effort to keep your tyres maintained and inflated to the right pressure, they will last longer. Not only that, but the quality of your ride will be better, your fuel efficiency will be better, and you will be safer on the road too. It is well worth the time it takes.

Are you aware of any other factors that affect tyre longevity? How long do your tyres generally last?

Let us know in the comments section below!