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New Year, New Tyres

25th January 2016

When did you last have new tyres fitted to your vehicle? This new year might be the time that you need to replace them.

Tyres usually last for a minimum of 20,000 miles and with proper care and maintenance you may be able to prolong their life. Depending on how far you drive daily, your driving style and if you maintain your tyres correctly, your tyres could last between one and ten years.

Infrequently driven tyres, however, do need to be checked for cracks, as although they may not be worn as quickly as tyres which are driven on frequently, they are still subject to aging.

How do I know I need new tyres?

You should be frequently checking your tyres for signs of damage which may indicate that your tyres may need replacing.

These signs include cracking, which is a sign of aging, lumps, bulges and cuts. You should be able to spot this damage visually and if you do, you should have your tyres inspected by a specialist immediately as any damage to the structure of the tyre could be dangerous.

Take a look at this guide from Merityre Specialists for further guidance on spotting signs of tyre damage here.

How to check if your tyres are safe

As well as visually checking your tyres for signs of damage, you should frequently check that your tyres are safe and legal to drive on. This is an important task that should be undertaken every few weeks, possibly more during winter when your safety on slippery roads can depend upon the condition of your tyres.

It is important that your tyres can grip the surface of the road in winter conditions, so you should be frequently checking that they have adequate levels of tread. The legal minimum tread depth is 1.6mm, however, you should replace your tyres when tread begins to drop below 3mm. You can measure tread depth simply at home using a twenty pence coin, learn how to do so here.

You should also be checking your tyre pressures at least once a month as both under and over inflated tyres can cause unnecessary tyre wear and have a negative effect on vehicle handling and performance. Learn how to check your tyre pressures here.

Buying new tyres this January

If you do find that your tyres are damaged or not up to the demands of driving in difficult winter conditions you should replace them as soon as possible.

You can buy your new tyres online from Merityre Specialists and have them fitted at your local branch at a time to suit you. Alternatively, you can visit your local Merityre Specialists for further information on tyre maintenance or purchasing new tyres.