Let’s face it, tyres don’t last forever. The two main reasons for replacement are wear and damage.
There are several ways to inspect your tyres. You can visually check their general condition and look for abnormal and uneven wear patterns. You could also perform the ‘20p Test’ or check to see if the “wear bars” are visible to ensure there is sufficient tread remaining to safely operate the vehicle under all driving conditions.
Tyres may last 20,000 to 60,000 miles, depending upon quality and composition, but we recommend replacing your tyres when the wear bars are visible or there is less than 1.6mm of tread remaining (this is the legal limit). The ‘20p test’ works because the distance between the rim and ‘20p’ is 1.6mm - the minimum required tread depth. When your tyres tread is lower than 1.6mm, your vehicle can develop handling problems. Installing new tires will not only increase your car’s fuel efficiency, but it will also improve your cars handling, braking ability and ride quality. From a safety standpoint, it should be pretty obvious.
A driver’s ability to control their vehicle depends on the traction between their tyres and the road. Affect this, and it could ultimately lead to an accident. From an environmental point of view, better fuel economy is always good for the environment.