Don’t tire out your tyres.
Tyres are the only point of contact between your vehicle and the road, so keeping them in excellent condition will make all the difference! Tyres generally have a maximum lifespan of 10 years – providing they are not damaged and their tread has not been worn down earlier. Here are some tips for proper maintenance that will help your tyres last longer!
The right pressure.
As tyres are not 100% air-tight, they will leak. Incorrect tyre pressure will compromise performance and safety, and your tyres will also run the risk of suffering irreversible damage to the internals. Be sure to regularly check the pressure of your tyres (including the spare) and increase it when carrying heavy loads.
Always pay attention to the amount of tread left and measure them frequently. Replace tyres before they reach the minimum permissible tread depth. Your tyres’ tread depth help disperse water to maintain control and contact on wet roads. Measure your tread depth regularly and check your tyres for damage and deformations.
Check your tyres for cuts, splits, bulges, or any other signs of uneven wear, as uneven wear usually indicates wheel balance problems. Also check for any objects caught or embedded in your tyres and have them removed, and make sure the valve caps are in place. Most importantly, keep your tyres clean by avoiding contact with oil, grease and fuel. Did you also know that you can wear out your tyres through your driving style? Avoid driving on hot tyres, and racing starts.
Have them balanced.
Have your tyres balanced whenever you change them. This helps extend their life and also protects bearings, the steering system and suspension.
To further extend the mileage you get from your tyres, ‘recycle’ them by having them rotated every 10,000 km. This will ensure that they wear evenly. Some characteristics of how your car rides could give you an indication of the condition of your tyres. For instance, if your car vibrates excessively, your tyres might be unbalanced or misaligned. If the handling is unresponsive, the tyres could be under inflated. Does it seem particularly bumpy? They might be over inflated.
Keep away from the kerb.
Don’t bump against the kerb when parking. This may cause damage to the rubber skin and internal construction of your tyres.
So give your tyres some love and attention, and the next time you replace them, remember to use the recommended specifications. For worry-free journeys, discover how Volkswagen can help protect your tyres with the Tyre Shield plan.