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Tyre Replacement: What You Need to Know

tyres There are a multitude of car makes and models from manufacturers all around the world. From the Japanese brands, renowned for their reliability, to the German brands synonymous with quality engineering and luxury – the automotive market is fiercely competitive because of the wide choice available to buyers.

Britain is home to many mass-produced car brands, ranging from the mid-market makes like Vauxhall and Mini, to the ultra-luxury brands such as Bentley, Rolls-Royce and Jaguar. But what are the most popular

Car safety needs to be a priority for every motorist whether they have recently passed their test or they consider themselves somewhat of a seasoned motorist or a professional in the field. There are a few important areas to be aware of in terms of car safety, but one of the most vital is the car tyres and when these need to be changed.

So, how do you know when the time has come to change your car’s tyres?


First, it is important to be aware of tyre longevity. Tyres are hardwearing, but they will inevitably deteriorate in quality over time. It will depend on the quality of the tyres and the type of driver that you are and the journeys that you make, but as a general rule of thumb, car tyres should be replaced after a maximum of 10 years or 25,000 miles. You can change tyres yourself by buying them online and then using an impact wrench and a jack to safely lift the car. If you are not sure how to do this, there is a lot of helpful information online on how to change car tyres.

Tread Depth

You should check the tread depth on a regular basis and this is easy enough to do with a 20p coin. The legal minimum is 1.6mm, but it is recommended that you change tyres once they fall below 3mm for safety reasons as aquaplaning can be an issue. If you are caught driving with tread less than 1.6mm, not only is this endangering others, but it will also cost you £2,500 per tyre and 3 points on your license.

Signs of Damage

You should also inspect the tyres on a regular basis to look for any signs of dam-age. This will include bulges, splits, cracks and holes. These all indicate damage and could be unsafe to drive on, which is why you need to check on a regular ba-sis and change the tyre(s) as soon as you notice damage.

Tyre Pressure

Tyre pressure is another important factor and something that you need to check on a regular basis. If your tyre pressure keeps dropping, it could indicate a prob-lem and a replacement might be needed. You should keep the tyres inflated to the recommended level (found in the owner’s manual), which will prolong the life of the tyre, improve efficiency and make the car safer to drive.

Looking after your car’s tyres and knowing when to change them is something that every motorist needs to be aware of, including industry experts. The car tyres can impact safety, performance and efficiency, so this is an area that you need to pay close attention to and take action when the time comes to replace your car tyres.


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