As a motorist there will come a time when you have to change your car tyres.
Here I look at some of the most common reasons as to why you would need to change your tyre, from the glaringly obvious a puncture, to the fact that they are getting a little too old.
We’ve all been there, you’re on a pleasant drive or break away from everything and then suddenly you hear the dreaded thump thump thump of a flat, the car starts leaning in one direction and passers-by point at you, or fellow motorists flash their headlights at you.
A puncture presents a problem for many people these days as many car manufacturers are shying away from supplying a full spare, in preference of repair kits and the like. This is mainly due to the fact that many motorists simply don’t have the know-how or equipment to actually change a tyre when they are greeted with a flat suddenly.
You Wear Me Out
After driving around for a long period of time between changing tyres, the tread will inevitably wear down.
The legal limit is 1.6mm so if your car tyres are anything close to that then you should look to change them, this is not only for your own personal safety, but also because if you do not have the correct level of tread, you may in fact be breaking the law.
Getting Too Old For This
Although tyres have no set life span, it is usually estimated that they will need to be changed every five years or so. That being said, this will really depend on how frequently you use your car, the condition you store it in and other such factors.
Argh! Pot Hole!
Your car tyres can also get damaged when you go over a pothole, clip the kerb or run over some form of sharp object, if this happens you will need to see if there is any severe damage that requires the tyre to be changed.
However, this shouldn’t be done just on looks alone, and you are well advised to take your car to a tyre professional for them to check if you are ok or not.
There are many other significant reasons for you to change your car tyres. For example if you notice abnormal wear on the unit, which could be caused by under or over inflation, or even a suspension misalignment, you will once again need to get them checked.
It is also important to consider that not all tyres are suitable for your car, so if you don’t feel the car is performing as it should be; it is well worth investigating the fact that you may have tyres that are not of a standard befitting your vehicle.