Tyre Treads | When to Replace Your Tyres

13 August 2021 / autocentrechorley

Despite defective and worn out tyres being the cause for more than one in ten cars failing their MOT in the UK, tyres remain to be one of the most overlooked parts of car maintenance. In this guide, we’re going to be taking a look at why tyre maintenance is important and when it’s time to get them replaced.

Why Should I Maintain My Tyres?

If you take proper care of your tyres, they should continue to perform well for a number of years, prolonging their lifespan and reducing the risk of having to replace them sooner than expected. Properly maintained tyres also lead to much more efficient driving, helping to keep those fuel bills down.

How to Maintain Tyres Properly

Check the Tyre Pressure

Over time, your tyres will naturally lose pressure, however, it is incredibly important to keep them topped up as under-inflation can lead to higher fuel costs, faster wear and an increased risk of an accident. Similarly, overinflation can also cause issues such as faster wearing of the tread in the centre of the tyre and a reduced grip, increasing the risk of an accident.

You can check your tyre pressure by using a pressure gauge to make sure it matches up with the appropriate pressure that is advised in your vehicle handbook or on the inside of your driver door.

If you find that your tyres seem to lose air quickly and that you’re having to top up the pressure quite frequently, this can be an indication that there is a puncture or a problem with the rim or valve. Visit your local garage to get this checked out.

Check Your Tyre Treads

The tread of your tyres are important for grip, traction and aquaplaning resistance. That’s why it’s absolutely essential to check your tyre treads at least once a month as part of your general car maintenance.

The law states that your tyres need to be at least 1.6mm in depth, however it is recommended that you get your tyres changed before they reach the legal limit (e.g. 2.5mm) in order to be as safe as possible. You can check the tread depth of your tyres by looking at the tread wear bars on the tyres or by using a tread depth gauge. 

You can also try using the handy 20p trick- simply place a 20p coin into the main tread groove of your tyre. If the outer band of the coin is obscured when inserted, then your tread is above the legal limit of 1.6mm, as this is the depth of the outer band.

You should also make sure to keep an eye out for other things when inspecting your tyres’ treads including:

  • Visible tread wear bars

  • Treat wear on the centre or outside of tyre

  • Object trapped within the tread

  • Saw-toothed pattern on the edges of the tyre.

Ensure Your Wheels are Aligned

Misaligned wheels can lead to uneven tread wear, compromising the performance of your ttres, increasing fuel consumption and making them more prone to damage. Something as simple as clipping the curb or going over a speed bump too quickly can cause the alignment of your wheels to be thrown, so it’s important to look out for any signs of misalignment. These include:

  • Your car is pulling to the left or right slightly when you drive

  • Your steering wheel is off-centre when you’re driving straight

  • Your steering wheel vibrates as your drive

  • The steering wheel doesn’t centralise after turning

  • Loose handling

  • Uneven wear on the tyres

  • Squealing noises coming from the tyres.

You can get a free wheel alignment check with Autocentre Chorley and have them realigned for as little as £42. Book a free wheel alignment check today. 

Maintain Good Driving Habits

Did you know that your own bad driving habits could be the cause of faster wear on your tyres? As well as carrying out general tyre maintenance, it’s also important that you maintain good driving habits to help keep your tyres in the best possible condition to prolong their lifespan.

Poor driving habits that can exacerbate tyre wear include:

  • Harsh braking

  • Over accelerating

  • Constant stopping and starting

  • Dragging your brakes when travelling downhill

Good driving habits to follow include:

  • Smooth and consistent driving

  • Avoidance of over accelerating, particularly when travelling in areas where you know you will likely need to brake harshly

  • Avoid uneven road surfaces where there are large potholes

  • Slow down significantly for speed bumps

  • Avoid too much stopping and starting- if you’re stuck in traffic, allow more time and space to reduce the amount of stopping and starting.

How Will I Know When My Tyres Need Replacing?

There are a few signs that indicate your tyres may need replacing. Regular checking can help you to spot these signs earlier, so make sure to inspect your tyres at least once a month. Common signs your tyres need replacing include:

Tread Wear

If the tread of your tyres has reached the legal limit of 1.6mm, you must replace your tyres, however, we would recommend replacing your tyres a little sooner than this in order to maintain maximum safety and efficiency.

Tyres are typically fitted with wear indicators which show you when the tread depth has worn down to the point at which they need replacing. You will also need to replace your tyres if they become damaged, so checking them regularly is essential.

Check the Sidewalls

If you notice a bulge or blister on the sidewall of a tyre, you should get it replaced as soon as possible as this can lead to dangerous failures as well as the risk of a fine. You can get a better look by turning your front wheels sharply to the left or right and you may need a torch or mirror to see the inside sidewalls of the rear tyres.

Cuts and Punctures

Make sure to frequently check your tyres for cuts, punctures or anything that may have become embedded into the tyre such as nails and screws. Cuts and punctures can not only lead to a significant loss in tyre pressure but they can also expose part of the carcass which gives the tyre its strength,

Get Your Tyres Replaced with Autocentre Chorley

At Autocentre Chorley we have dedicated tyre bays and offer a wide selection of tyres for you to choose from, so you can get the best tyres for your car whatever your budget!

Whether it’s performance, economy or improved comfort you’re after; we have a huge stock from budget, mid-range and premium tyres including:

  • Goodyear

  • Pirelli

  • Michelin

  • Continental

  • Bridgestone

  • Hankook

  • Dunlop

  • Yokohama

  • Davanti

  • Avon

  • Delinte

  • Firestone

  • Evergreen

  • and many more!

Why choose Autocentre Chorley for Your Tyres?

At Autocentre Chorley, we offer:

  • The lowest Prices

  • An extensive range of tyres in stock

  • Quick easy and proficient tyre technicians

  • Free tyre check

  • Free tyre disposal

  • Valve change, balancing included

  • Wheel Alignment service provided if required

We can give you the best advice and price when it comes to replacing your tyres. With a huge range of tyres in stock at any time, we are sure to have something to suit your tyre needs here in Chorley! Get in touch today by calling us on 01257 269 298 or complete our contact form.



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