Tyres will wear out eventually – that’s a fact. But is there anything you can do to prolong the life of your car tyres?
Aside from being an important part of regular vehicle maintenance, it’s important to pay attention to your vehicle’s tyres for safety reasons, too. After all, they are what keep your vehicle moving and are the only point of contact between your vehicle and the road.
Here are our top tips that can help reduce tyre wear:
Top tips to make your tyres last longer
Regular checks on your tyre pressures will ensure that your vehicle’s tyres wear evenly as well as improve your fuel economy. Details of the required tyre pressures will be in your vehicle’s handbook, but can often be found on a sticker on the driver’s door or inside the fuel cap. Make sure you adjust the pressures if you are loading the car more than usual too (which will also be indicated in the tyre pressure information).
Front wheels that are incorrectly aligned can cause the tyres to scrub on the road surface and cause uneven wear across the tyre. It is advisable to get the alignment checked every time you have the front tyres changed. It’s also recommended to check wheel alignment after you have had any kind of suspension or steering work carried out or even after you have hit a large pothole.
Good control of the clutch is paramount to reducing tyre wear. Wheelspin will cause the tyres to literally grate the rubber off onto the road surface. It is also futile if you are looking to move off quickly as wheelspin will mean it will take longer to get up to speed than it would do with good clutch control.
Good road anticipation goes a long way in reducing your tyre wear. Leaving braking to the last minute increases the chances of the wheels locking up and this, similar to wheelspin, will cause the tyre to grate against the road. Even if your vehicle is equipped with an anti-lock braking system (ABS) it will still momentarily scrub the tyre against the road.
Cheap Tyres & Treadwear Rating
Every tyre will have a Treadwear rating on the sidewall. This is often overlooked by people when buying tyres but it’s important to know that it could save you money long term. This rating will be between 60 and 620 – the higher the number, the longer it will last against the benchmark of 100. For example, a tyre with a rating of 400 will last 4 times longer than a tyre with a 100 rating. Cheaper tyres will generally have a lower rating so they will wear out quicker than a more expensive tyre with a higher rating.
And lastly, remember to check your tyre tread depth. It needs to be 1.6mm, which you can check using a 20p coin whose edge should be below the tread line. Driving a car with a defective tyre could land you with a £100 fine and three penalty points – per tyre!
To place a booking for a tyre fitting head to our website and a vetted mechanic can carry out a repair at your choice of time and date.
ClickMechanic, an online marketplace for car repair, is pleased to announce a partnership agreement with Road Runner, a specialist motor trade insurance company. Through this alliance, ClickMechanic will offer mechanics on their network access to Road Runner’s wide array of flexible and competitive trade insurance policies, with additional discounts available to ClickMechanic.
ClickMechanic is committed to ensuring that its members receive support and access to the right resources that they need to grow their businesses. This initiative is another step in the right direction at making various aspects of running an auto repair business easier for mechanics.
The partnership will benefit mechanics and independent garages on ClickMechanic’s network in a number of ways. It will provide them with access to a discount with Road Runner and additionally, mechanics will have quick and easy access to a market-leading portal for rapid policy and vehicle management facilities which enables flexibility when they need it.
Moreover, Road Runner’s mechanic customers will have the advantage of joining ClickMechanic’s network of mechanics for free and will also benefit from this partnership by having their applications fast-tracked, making the onboarding process quicker and easier.
Andrew Jervis, Co-Founder of ClickMechanic, said: “After what has been a tumultuous year for all, we are truly excited to offer the benefits of this agreement to the mechanics on our network. Supporting the UK’s mechanics is at the very core of ClickMechanic’s principles and we hope to see this partnership help mechanics grow their business.”
Louise Velez, Head of Road Runner, said: “We’re really pleased to be partnering with ClickMechanic to enhance our offering for mechanics. After a difficult 12 months for mechanics, we believe this partnership will play a small part in helping them get back on their feet through the discount and deals available. We want to show the industry that at Road Runner, we’re with you.”
As a member of ClickMechanic, mechanics can receive two months of free insurance* with Road Runner.
Your car’s brakes are one of the most important aspects of safe driving. At the moment, most braking issues are due to vehicles being stood for a number of months which is due to corrosion to the brake discs. Another common issue is seized parking brakes, especially vehicles with rear drum brakes or drum parking brakes.
Maintaining your brakes is critical to staying safe on the road so it’s important to know the signs when your car might need new brake pads, shoes, drums or calipers.
- Brake system warning lights appear on the dashboard
A number of vehicles have sensors on the rear brake calipers that illuminate the brake pad warning light when the pads (or discs) are coming to the end of their service life. It could also mean brake fluid is low. If the brake light turns on, always get a professional to check your brakes and recommend next steps.
- Brake Noise When Stopping
Noise when braking is common, and it can often mean that your brakes are dirty or that your brake pads are worn down. However, if you hear a loud squeak or a scraping sound then it’s probably because your brake pads or shoes have worn down. If this is the case you should get it inspected by a mechanic urgently as it can affect your ability to stop safely.
- The Pedal Feels Soft When Braking
This is often caused by a lack of braking pressure. You’ll need to press the brake pedal further to stop the vehicle which means it will take longer to come to a halt. This implies there is an issue with the brake hydraulic system so be sure to get a mechanic to check this out for you.
- The Steering Wheel Shakes When Braking
A shaking steering wheel is usually a sign of a warped brake disc. Often the issue can be fixed by having the brake discs and pads replaced, but always check with a professional first.
- The Car Pulls To One Side
This can happen due to a number of issues including damaged brake linings, fluid contamination, failing wheel cylinder, seized brake caliper or even a failed suspension component. In this case, a braking system inspection would be required to identify and fix the problem.
If you’re having trouble with your brakes, or if you are not sure what is wrong with your car, then our in-house mechanic team can help. Submit our technical assistance form with a brief description of the problem and your details.
Alternatively, to place a booking head to our website and a trusted mechanic can carry out a contact-free repair at your choice of time and date.