Do you know when you need to change your tyres? This is important information that every motorist needs to know and this is for a few reasons. Car tyres impact the performance, efficiency and safety of the vehicle and you could even be driving illegally if you do not know when your tyres need to be changed. So, when should you be changing your car tyres?
Over 10 Years Old
As a general rule of thumb, it is recommended that you should replace your tyres before they are 10 years old. They should be thoroughly inspected after 5 years annually but replace them even if they seem to be in good condition after 10. You can check the age of the tyres on the sidewall where there is a 4 digit coded date – the first two refer to the week of production during the year (1-52) and the second two refers to the year.
Every 25,000 Miles
Following on from this, it is also recommended that you change your car tyres every 25,000 miles if this is before 10 years. After 25,000 miles, the tyres will have been put under significant strain and, even if they seem to be in an ok condition, it is still a smart idea to replace the car tyres for safety and for your own peace of mind.
They are Worn
Often, a motorist needs to replace car tyres because they become worn. Not only is this dangerous, but it could be illegal as if the tread depth is below 1.3mm, then you could face a £2,500 fine per tyre and 3 points on your license. This is why it is recommended that you test the tread depth often and replace the tyres when they are below 3mm.
When you check the tyre tread depth, you should also inspect the tyres for any signs of damage. Cracks splits, punctures, bulges and blisters are all signs that the tyres need replacing as soon as possible.
Constantly Under Inflated
Do you find that your tyres are always losing pressure? If you keep topping up your tyres but find that they continue to lose pressure, this is a clear sign that there is a problem with the tyre and it should be replaced.
It is important that every motorist knows when they need to change their car tyres. Car tyres have a huge impact on the performance, efficiency and safety of the vehicle, plus you could even find yourself in trouble with the police if you are found to have tyres that are below the legal tread minimum. You need to keep a close eye on your tyres as issues can arise quickly and sometimes you will need to have them changed immediately.