Tyres are an extremely important part of your car and the safety of the passengers inside. When it comes to car tyres, we can help you with anything you need, be it advice or mechanical issues. We’ve put together some of the things you should consider when buying new car tyres.
Do I need new car tyres?
Take a good look at your tyres. Are the treads wore down? Are the sidewalls cracked, or are they bulging? Is there discolouration? Then it’s probably time for a new set of tyres. Even if they’re showing none of the above signs, rubber deteriorates when exposed to oxygen, so if your tyres are over a decade old, then you should replace them.
Make sure the problem doesn’t lie somewhere else
If one set of tyres is wearing our faster than the other, then check your vehicle for suspension or alignment problems. Check the inside or outside of the tyres to make sure the wear is evenly spread. Putting new tyres on a misaligned car is simply a waste of money. Bring it into us to check out first.
Buy a full set
It’s tempting to just buy new tyres one by one as needed, but your car is designed to work with a matching set of tyres. It’s not only more economical in the long run, but also safer to buy a matching full set, and safety is paramount.
Don’t forget the spare!
When buying new tyres, don’t forget about the spare hiding in your boot. Have your mechanic inspect it, and if necessary, replace it, ideally with the same brand you’ve got on the car at the moment.
Make sure you break them in
New tyres need to be eased in a wee bit once they’re put on. There will still be some residue left on the tyres from the manufacturing process, and this can possibly have less grip than expected. Break them in for the first 500 Kilometres or so before pushing them on hard corners, and expect longer braking distances just to be sure, especially in wet conditions.
By looking after your new tyres, not only will they last longer, but will get you more kms per tank. Make sure you maintain the air pressure and you should rotate your tyres every time you change your oil, even if they don’t look like they need it.