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How long should car tyres last for?

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Tyres are one of the most important parts of your car, affecting everything from fuel efficiency to grip and steering. They cost a reasonable amount to replace, so you’ll want to do all you can to get good value from your tyres and extend their usable life.

Here at SG Tyre Wholesale we stock all premium brand tyres and are sure to have the right tyres for you. In this blog we’ll take a look at how long you can expect your tyres to last, as well as tips for getting more from your tyres and how to tell when it’s time to replace them.

How many miles should tyres last?

There’s no hard rule for how long tyres should last before they need replacing. There are simply too many factors involved to put a figure on it, from the road conditions to your driving habits. How well you maintain your car and tyres will have an impact on tyre shelf life, as will the original quality of the tyre itself.

If you’ve travelled 20,000 miles or more on your front tyres, get them changed. Rear tyres should last longer, around 40,000 miles or more.

How long should a set of car tyres last will depend on several factors. For example, the front tyres will generally wear more quickly than the rear ones. If one or more of your tyres are underinflated, then these will wear more quickly and unevenly. Also, if you mix tyres from different manufacturers or even with different tread patterns, they are likely to wear at different rates. Therefore, it is very unlikely that your tyres will all wear down at the same rate meaning some tyres will need replacing before others.

How to tell if your tyres need replacing? 

You shouldn’t just rely on the above recommendations before changing your tyres. There are simple checks you can do to make sure your tyres are in a roadworthy condition.

Check out our blog on car tyre safety by clicking on the link: This blog touches base on different measures you can take to improve your car tyre safety.

The crucial thing to check is tread depth, the section of rubber that makes contact with the road and offers grip. You should check tread depth regularly to make sure your tyres aren’t too worn, you can do it easily with just a 20p coin. If you are unsure how to carry out this examination, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Other signs of worn tyres 

You can also spot a problem with your tyres during driving, if the car feels like it wobbles a little on its tyres when you’re driving above 40mph. This could be a sign that your wheels need to be rebalanced, but it can also mean that there is uneven wear and tear on your tyres. Get them looked at by a tyre specialist to make sure.

Making your tyres last longer

There are many things you can do to squeeze the very most out of your tyres and make them last as long as possible. For example:

  • Rotating your tyres between the front and the back wheels. This can help to ensure even wear and tear on the tyres, as those on the front and the back take a different burden. As a rule of thumb, you can do this once a year or once every 7,500 miles.
  • Gentle driving. Tyres wear more during heavy braking and rapid acceleration, as well as taking corners abruptly. It’s better for your tyres, for your fuel efficiency and for safety reasons too, if you can drive more gently. Read the road ahead so you can start slowing down early, by taking your foot off the accelerator rather than braking. 
  • Keeping your tyres at the correct air pressure. Tyres that are over or under-inflated causes problems with fuel efficiency and performance, as well as potentially being at risk of blowout (with over-inflated tyres). They’re also less effective in wet weather. Crucially though, tyres at the wrong air pressure just don’t last as long. You should check your tyre pressure around once a month – take a look at your vehicle handbook for the correct pressure for the driving conditions and load of the car.

Choosing the right tyres for your car

The best tyres for your vehicle will depend on your needs. Generally, tyres from premium manufacturers such as Michelin and Goodyear are the most efficient tyres as these companies have spent millions of pounds on research and development to create the safest, best performing tyres available. If you are looking for the most fuel-efficient tyres, the EU tyre label may help. Every new tyre is required by law to be rated for its fuel efficiency, wet braking and exterior noise. Look for tyres with an A rating for fuel efficiency for tyres that will last longest. 

How can we help?

Here at SG tyre wholesale, we are stockist of all leading branded tyres. We distribute throughout Ireland. If you are seeking a specific tyre or tyres from a specific manufacturer, we will have them. And our expert team will be able to provide technical advice to ensure you get the tyres you need.

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To discover more about our wholesale tyre range and services visit our website email: or call us on: +353 (0) 87 6088030

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