It is inevitable that even the best quality tyres will need replacing after enough time, however, have your driving habits been speeding up the process? As your local tyre experts in Blandford, we’ve got some top tips on how you can increase the lifespan of your tyres and save yourself money on replacements.
Which driving habits cause tyre wear?
Whilst preventing all tyre wear is impossible, it can be reduced by making adjustments to your driving habits that could be speeding up the process:
Driving through potholes can not only cause tyre wear, but can also cause a puncture or move your wheels out of alignment; you should therefore avoid them when it is safe to do so. If your wheels become misaligned, they will no longer run perpendicular to the road's surface, which means they will begin to wear unevenly due to increased friction and at a more rapid rate.
Driving too fast into bends
When you drive too fast into bends, the momentum of the vehicle pushes the weight onto the outer edge of your tyres, leading to increased wear on the sidewall.
Rapid acceleration & braking
Accelerating and braking too severely and causing your wheels to skid across the surface of the road are a sure way to increase unnecessary tyre wear. Tyre marks on the road are evidence of this and are where tyre residue is left behind. If you are a little to trigger happy with your acceleration and brakes, it might be time to slow down!
Driving at high speeds
The faster your car speed, the more your tyres will heat up and the faster the wear will be. This is because as the tyre heats up, the tyre becomes softer and more residue is left behind on the road – this is one of the reasons Formula 1 drivers have to change their wheels so often. Stick to the speed limits to reduce tyre wear and improve safety.