How Often Should You Change Your Tyres?

Posted on 06 July 2012 by Tony Santos

How Often Should You Change Your Tyres

Good tyres are essential for safe driving in all kinds of weather. Worn tyres make it more difficult to control your car and avoid accidents. You should check the tread depth on your tyres every month, and check their air pressures at the same time. As you are inspecting them, look for signs of sidewall damage or uneven wear as well. In addition, deformation or cracking of the rubber may indicate that the tyres are aging, and it may be necessary to replace them.


When you have had your tyres more than five years, inspect them thoroughly at least one time a year. If it has been more than 10 years since the date of your tyres’ manufacture, you should replace them as a precaution. Tyres wear out as they get older even if you do not drive your car very often.


If your tyre hits a solid or sharp object, it may sustain damage. If you see a cut, perforation or deformation in the tyre, ask a tyre specialist to determine if it would be safe to repair it. Do not drive with damaged tyres, tyres that have run while flat or tyres that have run with very low pressures without a thorough inspection by a tyre professional.

Unusual Wear

Uneven wear on tyres may be an indication that the wheels have incorrect alignment or balance. In addition, abnormal wear may be a sign of suspension or transmission problems. Using the wrong tyre pressures will cause uneven wear as well. You can change tyres less often if a tyre specialist aligns and balances your wheels. Rotating your wheel positions regularly and using the correct pressures will prolong their lives as well.


If you do not have the same type of tyre in each of the wheel positions, you should change them. Your vehicle will handle better and be more stable if all four tyres are the same size and have the same amount of wear.


The law states that tyre tread depth must be 1.6mm or greater, tyres on the same axle must be of the same structure, tyres must be suitable for their intended use and they must be in good condition. Failure to abide by the tyre safety laws could result in a fine for each tyre as well as licence penalty points. You can check tread depth quickly with a 20 pence coin. Place the coin in the grooves of the tread in several places on your tyre. If the coin’s outer rim shows, the tread may be below or close to the 1.6mm legal minimum depth, and you should change tyres as soon as possible.


Just as the law requires drivers to maintain a sufficient amount of tyre tread for safety, it also requires them to keep their cars insured to provide financial security for themselves as well as for third parties. When you drive, you are responsible for using safe vehicles and for maintaining adequate insurance on them. Let your car insurance renewal notices be reminders to check your tyres as well.

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