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Your vehicle's tyres are one of the most critical components when it comes to safety and driving performance. Worn-out tyres can impact handling, braking, and overall road safety, so it's crucial to know when it's time to replace them.
Here are the signs that indicate it's time to change your vehicle's tyres and provide some tips on how to ensure that your driving experience remains safe and efficient.
One of the most straightforward ways to determine if your tyres need to be changed is to check their tread depth. The minimum legal tread depth in South Africa is 1mm but 1.6mm deep is safer, and it's recommended to replace your tyres when the tread depth drops below 3mm. This is because tyres with low tread depth are more likely to slip on wet roads and reduce braking performance.
Did you know that your tyres have a lifespan? Tyres have a shelf life of about six years, after which their performance and safety can significantly decline. If you drive regularly, it's recommended to replace your tyres every 3 to 4 years, even if the tread depth is still within the recommended range.
If you notice any visible damage, such as cuts, cracks, or punctures, on your tyres, it's time to replace them immediately. Visible damage can lead to tyre failure while driving, which is a serious safety risk.
If you notice that the tread is wearing unevenly, this could indicate an issue with your vehicle's alignment or suspension. Uneven wear can also lead to reduced handling and braking performance, so it's best to get your vehicle inspected and have your tyres changed if necessary.
If you feel a vibration while driving, especially at higher speeds, this could indicate that your tyres are unbalanced. Unbalanced tyres can cause excessive wear and tear, and if left unaddressed, they can lead to more significant problems.
In conclusion, it's crucial to keep an eye on your tyre's tread depth, age, visible damage, and wear patterns. Replacing your vehicle's tyres on time can help ensure your driving experience remains safe and efficient. If you're unsure about when to change your tyres, feel free to visit our fitment centre at 85 Booysens Road, Booysens, Johannesburg, for a free tyre assessment and provide you with more specific recommendations. Stay safe on the roads!