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The humble car tyre has many enemies during its lifetime, from potholes, to lack of maintenance.
Whilst it is near on impossible to predict the lifetime of your car tyres, caring for your tyres, and checking them regularly can increase their longevity, hopefully saving you time and money in the long run.
Keep the problems at bay by following our tyre care guide, which can help to keep you on the road a lot longer.
1) Wear & damage - Check your tyres for any cuts or bulges, cracking of the rubber, lumps or any crazing of the tread. If any cut on your tyre reaches the internal structure, your tyre can not be repaired and will need replacing. Find out more about the importance of visual tyre care and condition here. Tyre tread will wear gradually over time and it is important that you ensure that your tread depth does not drop below the legal minimum of 1.6mm. Learn how to check your tyre tread.
2) Potholes - Whilst avoiding potholes is not always possible, adjusting your speed to ensure you are not putting excessive pressure on tyres when driving over a pothole or badly surfaced road.
3) Severe Impact - If your tyres experience a severe impact (e.g. hits a kerb or pothole at speed / clips another vehicle) it should be inspected by a professional as soon as possible as the internal wall of the tyre may have been damaged. Information from the British Tyre Manufacturer Association (BTMA) states that impact damage to a tyre causes 21% of all early tyre replacements, prior to the read level becoming illegal.
4) Tyre pressure - Check your tyre pressure every two weeks, or before a long journey or when carrying a heavy load. Find out more about how to check your tyre pressure here.
5) Tyre repair - If you think you have a puncture, visit your local Merityre Specialists as your tyre may be able to be repaired depending whereabouts the puncture is located. It is vital that you stop quickly without overheating the deflating tyre - the longer you drive on a punctured tyre, the less likely it is to be repaired.
Checking your tyres regularly can help you notice tyre damage before your tyres become unsafe or illegal. If you think your tyres are damaged and in need of repair, or if you simply want the opinion of a specialist visit your local Merityre Specialists where one of our trained tyre technicians will be more than happy to help.