I heard someone asking the question the other day, how often should I change my tyres? It is a very good question as we all lead very busy lives’ we tend to replace something once its broken already. The old age saying of, prevention is better than a cure is very true when it come to replacing your tires.
There are two simple guides to judge this on, the depth of the tread on your tyre and the manufacture date. If your tread is worn out, you lose traction during braking and ultimately your tyres wont grip nicely on the road, especially in the rain. On the other hand, if your tyre has enough tread on it but they are older than 6 years then you will still need to replace them.
So how can I check my wheel tread? Well you can measure for a start, if your tread is less than 1.6mm than by South African law, you need to replace them immediately. The tread wear bars are also a good indication that you need to change them as those bars of hard rubber are only visible once your tyre is worn out. While doing your tread inspection you might also notice that there is something lodged in your wheel, that’s normal as stones and debris can get stuck between the tread, however if it’s a nail and it looks like its gone right through the rubber then you need to leave it in there, drive your car to garage or tyre shop and get them to remove it for you otherwise you will end up with a flat tire.
So now we need to determine how old our tyres are. Its pretty basic in understanding but the more your drive, the faster you will wear down the tread. With this, we need to factor in the weather and road conditions. But even if your tyres have plenty of tread left on them, some experts recommend you replace them every 6 years or so.
On the side of your tyre (tyre wall), there is a four-digit Department of Transportation code. This code will tell you when the tyre was manufactured. The first two numbers stand for the week in the year it was made, and the other two are for the year. For example, if your tyre has 1210 on it, then it was manufactured on the 12th week of 2010. This might be a tricky process if finding it but it is normally preceded by the initials DOT. There are a couple of other numbers after DOT, don’t worry about those.
Well buying new wheels can be pricey please don’t let this put you off as they are arguably the most important safety feature on your car protecting you, your family and other road users. Not to mention getting new tyres will give you a much smoother ride and will defiantly increase the fuel efficiency. Go on, go check your tread depth and manufacture date to see if you are due.
Minty’s is amongst the leading tyre suppliers in South Africa. We are recognized for our high standard of customer service. We have built a strong reputation with our customers. Plus we ensure that they receive tyres and alloy wheels of the highest quality, from the largest brands nationwide. Our tyre and wheel fitment centres stock a range of top brands such as Toyo, Nexen, Bridgestone, Dunlop, Goodyear, Continental, Michelin, Barum as well as Pirelli. We strive and believe in offering our customers the highest service and quality products, therefore we offer our clients a wide range of tyres and alloy wheels at highly competitive prices.
Minty’s is amongst the leading tyre suppliers in South Africa, and is recognized for our high standard of customer service. We have built a reputation amongst our customers and ensure that they receive tyres and alloy wheels of the highest quality, amongst the largest brands nationwide. Contact us on Tel: 011 661 4338 / 011 661 4339 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.