The quality of vehicles and their spare parts is improving with time, and tyres are no exception. Today’s car tyres tend to last longer than they used to, but their lifespan depends on many factors, from how you drive to where you drive.
As a rideshare driver, it’s crucial to monitor the condition of your tyres and replace them when worn out to ensure your passengers safety and yours as well.
Here is everything you need to know about the lifespan of your car’s tyres and how to make them last longer.
While it varies depending mainly on your tyres’ model and other circumstantial factors, they last, on average, for around 40,000 km. Depending on how much you usually drive, they can last up to 10 years. That’s a massive improvement from the 70s when they lasted 32,000 km.
It’s essential to get your tyres checked every 10,000 km or every 12 months by a professional mechanic.
They will then tell you if you need to replace them or not.
This depends on your car. For all-wheel driving cars, yes, it’s best to replace all four tyres at the same time. They spin independently of one another, and different tread depths and styles can cause them to spin at different speeds.
However, if you drive a front-wheel or rear-wheel drive vehicle, it’s all right to replace your tyres in pairs, but always the front pair or rear pair at the same time.
As Uber drivers spend much more time on the road compared to other drivers, they will need to change their tyres more often.
If you drive around 1,000 km every week, you’ll need to replace your tyres in less than 12 months. However, if you take good care of them, you’ll be able to extend their lifespan.
It’s hard to determine the exact lifespan of tyres since various factors affect tyre longevity, so manufacturers can’t make any definite guarantees.
Here are the factors that could speed up tyre wear:
If you follow a few simple guidelines, regularly check your tyres’ tread and air pressure and go for regular check-ups at least once a year, you’ll prolong your tyres’ life.
The correct operating pressure of your tyres (measured in pounds per square inch) can usually be found inside the driver’s door, fuel door, or glove box. If you can’t find it anywhere on your car’s bodywork, it’s written inside your car’s manual.
Many service stations have an air pump you can use for free. To use it, attach the hose to the valve on each of your rims, and the machine will do the rest. You can either set the PSI you want or manually fill it.
TIP: For your and your passengers’ safety, check your tyre pressure monthly.
Avoiding speeding, sudden braking, aggressive cornering and skidding will help you not only extend the lifespan of your tyres but also stay safe and avoid driving fines.
Tyres wear differently, and changing their places helps them wear more evenly. It’s recommended to do so every 10,000 km, but as rideshare drivers use their cars far more than regular drivers, you should do this every 5,000 km.
You can go to your mechanic or change it yourself if you know how to change a tyre.
If your wheels are out of alignment, it will contribute to your tyres’ premature wear. Your mechanic will check this when you service your car, which you should do at least once a year.
IMPORTANT: If you notice your steering wheel wobbling at higher speeds, check it immediately.
Try to park your car away from direct sunlight to protect the rubber in your tyres and keep your tyres inflated correctly.
TIP: If you don’t have a garage or indoor space to park your car, try to find an all-day shady spot to keep your car there.
Overloading your car will have a significant impact on your tyres’ lifespan. You can find the maximum weight load for your car in your owner’s handbook.
You should also avoid putting extra weight on one side of your car since it places undue pressure on the tyres on that side.
Tyre tread is the rubber on the tyre that makes contact with the road or ground. As a tyre wears down, this tread is worn off, reducing its effectiveness and safety. The tyres must have at least 3mm of tread left to drive safely, though the legal limit is 1.6mm.
TIP: To measure tyre tread, you can place a 20c coin into one of the central circumferential grooves of your tyre.
If the tread doesn’t reach the platypus bill, your tyre has less than 3mm of thread remaining, so it’s recommended to invest in new tyres to stay safe while driving.
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