How to keep top tyres

Tyres Row of Four

Tyres are a commonly troublesome part of your car. Take note of our handy tips and advice to know what to look out for.

Whether you’re looking to sell your car for more money or you simply take pride in your tyres, you have to read on.

It is important to know your tyres inside-out, but fear not – our handy checklist will do most of that for you.

Tyre type

By law, the DVLA states tyres must be of the correct size and type for the vehicle you drive. Sounds fair enough.

Though, it’s surprising how many cars are fitted with the wrong ones. Whether there’s three all-weather tyres alongside one sporty one or there is obviously one wider than the other, this could cause you problems.

Car dealers like matching tyres, or failing that, matching pairs of front and rear tyres.

Performance and ride issues arise when you have mismatched tyres. Other than fact that they are unsightly, the biggest issue you might face is how your car handles and the longevity of the tyres will obviously vary.

Take a look at this comprehensive guide to car tyre types to see whether your car could be better suited with a re-fit.

Tread depth gauge

Tyre Tread Depth Gauge

Tyre tread depth is really easy to take with a gauge

If you have bald tyres, you will be able to see that clearly from just looking at them. Though, what Car Advice Centre will help you with is recognising the legal limit.

The legal limit is 1.6mm minimum across the central three-quarters of your tyre tread – through the entire circumference. Ideally, a strong tread depth would be 3mm.

If in doubt, you should get a tread depth gauge out (costs little more than a fiver for one). Simply slot it in between the grooves of your tyre’s tread for an accurate measurment.

What takes a matter of seconds, could help get you more money when you come to sell.

With the cold weather sweeping in, you should perhaps consider winter tyres – but be sure to check whether you need them.

Under and over inflation

Your tyre’s life is dramatically determined by under and over inflation. Tracking and bearing take a blow too.

In the event of under inflation, too much flex in the tyre casing can cause overheating, premature wearing and in some extreme cases, total tyre damage.

Over inflation causes more damage to your tyre grip – in the long run cutting their lifetime.

Make sure you take a look at this cracking video on under inflation and over inflation from a Goodyear YouTube channel.

Tyre sidewalls

Tyres Row of Four

Tyres are very important

Overloading is the usual suspect when it comes to tyre sidewall damage. Chunks could end up missing out of your tyre thanks to heavy loading and transport.

If you’ve got kids or pets and you’ve been on a big road trip, it is definitely something to look into.

Never exceed the max axle load and always refer to your manufacturer’s loading recommendations.

Low suspension damage

Lowered suspension offers improved traction and arguably a nice ride for some people. Though, what you don’t realise is that it might cost your tyre’s health.

Whilst not a major problem faced, low suspension may cause uneven wear and more extreme patterns.

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