5th May 2023
Buying new tyres can be expensive, so it’s important to understand what you’re paying for. This guide will explain how long your tyres should last, and the factors that can make your tyres wear faster.
The amount of tread on a new tyre varies depending on the make and model of the tyre. The tread is the part of the tyre with grooves that grip the road. Generally, the amount of tread you’ll get on a new tyre will range between 8mm and 10mm.
There are a number of factors that affect how quickly your tyres wear down such as;
Although these factors impact how long your tyres are likely to last, most tyres have an average lifespan of between 3-5 years - or between 25,000 and 50,000 miles.
In short, yes! Looking after your tyres will help them to last longer. Regular tyre maintenance such as checking your tyre’s wear and pressure regularly, rotating your tyres and making sure your wheels are aligned and balanced will make an enormous difference in how long your tyres last.
In the UK, the legal minimum requirement for tyre tread depth is 1.6mm. However, we recommend changing your tyres when they have 3mm of tyre tread left on them. This is because at the legal limit, your braking distance increases your tyre’s ability to grip the road is significantly poorer.
If you choose to continue driving with less than 3mm tread on your tyre, you’ll still be able to drive between 1,000-4,000 miles before they reach the legal limit. For more information about tyre safety read our helpful guide.
Here at Merityre, we stock a wide range of tyres from a number of brands including Avon, Bridgestone and Continental. For more information about the products and services we offer, simply locate your nearest Merityre branch or contact our friendly team to find out more.