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How to tell when you need new tyres

Your tyres work as the grip between your vehicle and the road, meaning that they are essential when it comes to safety. If you would like to learn more about how to prolong the life of your tyres and the signs that you need new tyres, keep reading. The team here at Translate Tyre & Suspension Services have put together a helpful guide below.

How often should a new set of tyres last?

All tyres are different and their lifespan will depend on how much they are used. Generally, an average set of affordable tyres can be expected to last around 40,000km. The typical Australian will drive around 15,000km per year, therefore, their tyres will last 2 to 3 years before needing a replacement. If you travel a lot for work, or barely travel at all, this timeframe will be quite different.

Other factors that can impact on the lifespan of your new tyres include your driving habits, road conditions and the terrain you drive on. For example, if you tend to screech your tyres around corners, you should expect them to deteriorate quicker than they should.

Tips for prolonging the life of your tyres

There are many habits you can start adopting from the day you purchase your new tyres that will assist in extending their lifespan. Some of our top tips for prolonging the life of your new tyres include:

  • Check tyre pressure regularly – flat tyres tend to overheat and this will lead to increased wear and tear
  • Have your tyres rotated – depending on your vehicle, either the front or rear tyres may start to deteriorate quicker. Having tyres rotated means that you will avoid uneven wear and tear.
  • Pay attention to the wheel alignment – you may notice that your car is pulling to one side when steering, this can therefore lead to uneven tyre wear. If this is the case for you, be sure to book your vehicle in for a wheel alignment.

Signs tyres need replacing

One huge indicator to look out for which will tell you that your tyres are on the way out is their tread. Tyre tread is designed to provide grip between your vehicle and the road. As the tread starts to wear away over time, your car will also start lacking a safe level of grip.

Tyre tread creates space for water to funnel away, therefore making it extremely beneficial when driving in wet conditions. Not only is tyre tread essential for safety, but it is also a legal requirement in Australia that your tyre tread reaches the minimum level of 1.5mm.

Affordable tyre options

Here at Translate Tyre & Suspension Services, we are the experts when it comes to all your tyre and mechanical needs. With 3 handy locations including Belconnen, Tuggeranong and Queanbeyan, we’re the team to assist with your new tyres. For all enquiries, be sure to get in touch with our helpful team today.