Tires and Wheels: Balancing Speed and Style

Factors Determining How Long Your Car Tyres Will Last

One of the most critical components of your car is the tyres. Your tyres should always be in good working shape so as to ensure maximum car performance and keep you safe while you are on the road. 

As a car owner, it is in your best interests to know what impacts the lifespan of your tyres, so you can have them replaced as needed. Here is a run-through of some top factors that influence how long your tyres can last.

Amount of time spent driving

The amount of time you spend on the road significantly impacts the lifespan of your tyres. As you are travelling, your wheels will be spinning with your tyres following suit. The only difference is that your tyres will be in contact with the road surface, while the wheels will not. The higher the number of kilometres you cover during your trips, the faster the rate at which your tyres near the end of their service life. In short, expect to replace your tyres much quicker if you travel a lot. 

Your driving style

How you drive your car can also influence the longevity of your tyres. Drivers that are aggressive behind the wheel tend to require tyre replacement much sooner than those who drive gently. This is because tyres bear the brunt of physical damage that may arise when tyres pass over potholes, hit kerbs and speedily pass over speed bumps. Slow down when passing over this obstacles and you will be able to prolong the life of your tyres. Adopt an aggressive driving style and you might find yourself needing a new set of tyres sooner than you had anticipated. 

Road conditions

It is not just the distance you travel and how you drive that affects the life of your tyres – the condition of the road you are travelling on counts as well. If the road has lots of potholes, for example, your tyres will wear and tear at a faster rate compared to when you are driving on a well-maintained stretch of road. Weather elements, such as snow and ice, can be really hard on your tyres. Therefore, you should use tyres that are specially designed for such inclement conditions. 

Wheel alignment 

Wheel alignment affects car safety, but also tyre life. Always make sure your wheels are well-aligned if you want to stay safe and increase the service life of your tyres. Misaligned wheels accelerate tyre wear.