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Are you taking steps to make sure you get the most mileage from your current set?
A number of factors contribute to answering the age old question of “how often should tyres be replaced?”.
Road conditions, the type of tyre and its intended application, driving style and even climate contribute to a tyre lifespan.
Here’s three ways to maximise the life of your tyres:
Don’t underestimate the effect a wheel alignment has on your tyres. When everything is in line, there is the least amount of resistance and everything rolls just nicely.
However, just one degree of misalignment will mean your tyre will pull 17m to one side for every km travelled. Covering the distance from Melbourne to Perth, the out-of-line tyre would try to travel 58km in a different direction – that’s a lot of dragging to pull it back into line. Not only does the added resistance wear the tyre quicker, but it will also impact fuel economy.
Clipping potholes and kerbs can bump the alignment out too, so it pays to have your wheel alignment checked every 10,000km or 6 months.
Regular Pressure Checks
Without a doubt, this is the easiest way to ensure you’re going to get the most from your tyre. Tyres have a recommended pressure for a few reasons: to carry the weight of the vehicle, for handling, safety and for even wear.
A properly inflated tyre will wear more evenly as well as providing a comfortable ride for you and your passengers.
However, an underinflated tyre will bow and wear out on the edges and potentially also damage the sidewall in the process, while an over inflated tyre will wear out in the centre first and also make for a stiffer ride.
You should check your pressure once a week, as well as checking the tread depth and condition of the tyre – and don’t forget about the spare tyre!
We flip mattresses so they don’t wear out in the same spot and turn steaks to ensure they are cooked evenly. Similarly, tyres should be rotated as well!
Australian roads aren’t dead flat; there is a crown in the middle, so rotating tyres, or swapping their positions on the car, ensures they wear more evenly. Statistically one tyre will wear out faster than the others, depending on whether you drive a front-wheel, rear-wheel or all-wheel drive car. Rotating the tyres will mean the various strains are distributed evenly over the life of the set of tyres.
A tyre rotation every 5,000km to 8,000km or according to your vehicle manufacturer’s recommendations will help you get the full life of the tyre, and it’s the perfect time to have a wheel alignment done as well.
The good news is all of these little tyre life extenders are included in the Bridgestone benefits service program, as well as light and battery checks. The Bridgestone benefits program is free to join with a qualifying tyre purchase, so be sure to ask next time you visit your local Bridgestone store.
What are your tips for tyre maintenance?