Safety on the roads doesn’t only mean being vigilant and abiding by road rules, it also means keeping your vehicle road-worthy and maintaining all the necessary moving parts that keep it on the road.
This includes replacing tyres on a regular basis to avoid bursts, tears or sliding with smooth tyres. But how often should you do that?
Well, that varies from driver to driver and depends on a number of external factors as well.
According to NRMA, these are some of the factors you should take into account:
Your driving habits
If you are heavy on your vehicle, most parts of it won’t last long. If you have a tendency to spin tyres for fun or drive fast and stop suddenly, your tyres will bear the brunt. However, if you tend to drive smoother and come to a halt gradually, your budget will thank you later.
Naturally, the condition of the roads or terrain you drive on will have an effect. City cars might get longer road use out of tyres than those driven off-road. This also means staying off uneven pavements, parking lots or poorly-maintained roads.
Maintaining the correct air pressure in your tyres is more important than you think. Read up on the correct air pressure for your vehicle, taking into account that temperature plays a role. Tyres will expand slightly in hot climates and also heat up after driving.
If you overload your car, your tyres will wear out (along with everything else). This also includes distributing weight correctly, and inflating or deflating your car according to its load.
After all is said and done, the general word of advice from experts is to replace your tyres every 40,000km. That goes for cars running on good roads with average loads and normal maintenance. However, regularly check your tyres and if you notice something strange, get it looked at immediately.