When you first purchase a car, replacing your car tyres isn’t the first thing you make a mental note of. In fact, in the excitement of driving around town and having added convenience, maintenance issues such as car tyre fixing may be at the back of your mind. That said, prioritising your family’s and your safety is paramount when travelling in your car.
Knowing when to replace your car tyre isn’t commonplace knowledge for everyone, so we’ve gathered some useful tips and tricks to help you familiarise yourself with it. After all, safety shouldn’t be neglected.
When should you replace them?
It starts with looking at the tread on your car tyres. The tread refers to your car tyres’ ability to have a strong grip on the road, wet or dry. Good tread allows your car to accelerate, stop, and turn easily without problems while on the road, even if the driving conditions are far from perfect.
As with most things, the tread on your car tyres will begin to wear out with everyday use. It’s important to observe this as the lowered quality of tyre grip can negatively impact your driving performance and the safety of everyone involved.
If you bring your car for regular maintenance servicing, your mechanic should be able to inform you if your car tyres are in need of repair. Otherwise, you should also be able to discern from the wear and tear due to constant usage.
1. After a precautionary amount of time
Generally, car tyres should be replaced every five to six years. This is recommended practice even if your car tyres have not worn out from use.
We recommend bringing your car in for scheduled maintenance from time to time. This way, you can rest assured that your mechanic will alert you to any safety issues in case you miss something out. It relieves you from some pressure of checking and looking out for any wear and tear.
Make sure to ask your repair mechanic on what to look out for and when you should next bring your car in.
2. If the tread has worn out
The next obvious sign is to check for the signs of wear and tear on your car tyres’ tread. The tread can wear out faster depending on several factors. Some of which include:
- The speed at which you drive your car
- Driving on damaged roads or poor driving conditions
- Emergency braking your car
- Delaying servicing even when issues such as noise or handling changes are observed
- No regular maintenance scheduled
Driving with more harsh conditions such as ice, snow, or extreme weather can accelerate the need to change your car tyres as well.
3. When your car tyres encounter damages
Obvious damages, not due to wear and tear, such as punctures, cuts, and impact breaks can be reasons to change your car tyres as well. As opposed to wear and tear, these damages can occur at any time and will most likely require immediate attention.
Keeping your car in pristine condition requires a certain amount of commitment and upkeep. However, if you do bring the car in for regular maintenance and servicing, it’s hardly a situation of encountering unexpected damages. That said, ZOZ offers car tyre replacement and servicing to help you have a smooth journey.
Get in touch to see how we can help.