When to buy new tyres

No set of tyres lasts forever. When they’ve become worn, damaged or old, it’s time to replace them. We help you determine if it’s time for a new set.

Excessive tread wear:  Most tyres have bars of hard rubber that appear on your tyre once your treads have become worn beyond safe limits. You’ll normally see these tread wear bars if your tread depth is less than 1.6mm. It’s also important that your treads wear evenly. If you notice that your tyres are wearing very differently across individual tyres or the tyre footprint, it can be an indicator of other problems with your tyres or vehicle.

Damage to treads or sidewalls:  Even if your tyres aren’t worn through use or age, it’s not a good idea to drive on damaged tyres. Small cracks in the sidewalls are known as “crazing”. Sidewalls are not particularly thick, which means that a crazed sidewall can mean eventual tyre failure. If you notice these cracks, you should replace the tyres. It’s also smart to inspect your tyre for cuts, cracks, bubbles, and blisters on the sidewalls, shoulders, and treads. If you see these, it’s time for a new set.

If you’re buying new tyres, you should replace the whole set at once. If it’s not possible for you to buy four new ones, then ensure the new ones are mounted on the rear axle of the car, to enhance traction and stability. It’s also important that your new tyres match the partly worn ones.