Tyres are without doubt one of the most important parts of any car, as they ensure that the vehicle runs safely, smoothly, and efficiently – with no tyres, you’re not going to get very far.
Being so vital though means that they take a fair amount of punishment, and thus can often wear away and need replacing.
We’ve all been there, taking our vehicles to the MOT centre and then being told we need to put a new set of tyres on the front left corner or all around. It’s a moment we all dread and can end up costing anywhere from tens to hundreds of pounds, but the reality is to stay safe and legal it has to be done.
With tyre wear and replacement being such a common issue that most motorists go through, we thought we would put together a helpful guide to answer any questions that you may have when it comes to looking after your tyres and purchasing new ones.
How Do You Know When You Need New Tyres?
When you have a fresh set of rubber added to your vehicle, you should be hoping to get at least 20,000 miles out of your front tyres on a front-wheel-drive car and should hope for double that for the rear tyres.
As tyres get older, the grip gets worse, and if you leave them long enough they could end up putting you and your family in danger.
How do I check my tyre tread?
To check your tyres tread depth, you can check with any of the three methods below;
- Check with a tread depth gauge
- With tread wear indicators
- With the penny test
No doubt one of the easiest and affordable ways to check if you need tyres is the penny test. As the name suggests all you need to carry out this method is a penny, and tyres of course.
- Grab a 20p coin and hold it in between your thumb and forefinger
- Place the 20p into one of the grooves of the tyre.
- If you’re able to see some of the outer edges of the 20p, then your tyres could be illegal.
- Perform this test on all parts of your tyre’s tread.
What Tread Depth Should Tyres Be Replaced At?
The legal limit for minimum tread depth on your tyres in the UK is 1.6 millimetres, across the central ¾ of the tread around the complete circumference of the tyre.
However, tyre tread is not the only indicator you should be looking for.
Tyre age also plays a big part in when you should replace your tyres.
For years, many people have fell victim to relying on a tyre’s tread depth to determine its condition. But as a tyre gets older, the rubber compounds begin to deteriorate, regardless of the condition of the tread.
How long should tyres last on a car?
It’s impossible to put an exact number on how long a set of tyres should last, as it can vary significantly based on a number of factors, such as:
- Quality of the tyre
- How often they’re used
- Road conditions that they’re used on
- Weather conditions that they’re used in
- Vehicle drive train – 4 wheel drive, front wheel drive or rear wheel drive
If you typically drive around 12,000-15,000 miles a year then, depending on the factors above, you should, in theory, be able to get at least 3 to 4 years of usage out of your vehicle’s tyres.
For those of you who drive much less than your tyres may last much longer, however most tyre experts will still recommend that after the 5 year mark you get your tyres checked yearly to ensure that they are safe, and after 10 years they should be replaced as even if they have not travelled a lot of miles they could still be susceptible to problems with age.
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Harriet has worked for Milner Off Road for over 11 years. She is the go to person for most of the Milner fanbase, using her expertise to provide the very best advice on all of our parts.