Expect your tires to last 3 to 10 years without heavy use. In extreme cases, after ten years of use, you should have your tires carefully inspected by a professional and, above all, replaced.
But in general, your tires are extensively checked during the annual inspection of your vehicle, but also during the technical inspection. So you will be notified if you need to replace them.
What affects tire life? Where can you find the best tires? Why do you have to change a set of tires at the same time? This is what we will see in this partner article.
What is the maximum tire life?
The life of a tire depends on many factors such as tire type, mode of use, weather conditions, road quality, driving style, vehicle type, tire pressure…
In general, the service life of a tire varies from 3 to 10 years (yes 10 years!). However, it is advisable to regularly check the condition of your tires and replace them if necessary, even before the end of their expected life.
A worn tire can lead to various road safety risksas :
- A loss of traction and control of the vehicle, which can make it more difficult to brake and maneuver in an emergency.
- A reduction in vehicle stability, which can increase the risk of slipping or skidding.
- A deterioration in the car’s ability to resist aquaplaning, which can lead to loss of control on wet roads.
- An increased risk of bursting, which can lead to sudden loss of pressure and inability to control the vehicle, is an insured accident!
Don’t hesitate to replace them, the price of a Michelin tire is well worth it.
How to determine the age of a tire?
More how not to forget the purchase date of a tire (to be able to replace it)?
There are several ways to remember the purchase date of a tire.
- The age of a tire can be determined by the date of manufacture stamped on the sidewall of the tyre.
- You can also keep the receipt from your favorite garage.
- You can also save the purchase date in your electronic calendar or on your phone.
- If you buy tires online, you can print out the purchase confirmation email and keep it with the tire.
Explanation of the “date” code on the tape: the date is usually given as a four-digit code, with the first and second digits representing the week of manufacture and the last two digits representing the year of manufacture. For example, if the code is “1219”, it means that the tire was produced in the 12th week of the year 2019.
How many kilometers to change tires?
What is the maximum mileage you can cover with your tyres? It’s like the age of the tire. The mileage for changing tires depends on the type and quality of the tires, the mode of use, the weather conditions, the quality of the road surface, etc.
Premium tires can usually run between 40,000 and 80,000 kmwhile mid-quality tires can travel between 20,000 and 40,000 km before needing to be replaced.
It is important to consult your vehicle owner’s manual for accurate information on the recommended mileage for changing tires.
You should also regularly check (or have checked) the condition of your tyres, particularly tread depth, deformation and cracks, to determine whether they need to be replaced.
Which tire brand lasts the longest?
There is no brand of tire that lasts longer than the others. The life of a tire depends on many factors mentioned above.
But it is important to choose top quality tires for optimum road safety and a reasonable service life.
How do you know if a tire is too old?
You can tell by looking at the rubber. Tires begin to wear over time, leading to visible signs of aging such as cracks, tread depth wear, hairline cracks, dents and dark spots on the rubber.
Condition focus rubber: tire rubber can dry out and harden over time, which can reduce their grip on the road. If the rubber is cracked or feels dry and hard, the tire is probably too old to use.
Focus profile depth: the tread depth can wear out over time, which can reduce the braking and traction effectiveness of the tires. It is recommended to replace the tires when the tread depth is less than 1.6 millimeters.
If you notice any of these signs, it is best to replace the tire rather than reuse it. And if the manufacturing date is older than the recommended service life, the tire should be replaced.
Why should a set of tires be replaced at the same time?
It is recommended that all four tires on a vehicle be replaced at the same time to ensure consistent performance and optimum road safety.
Replacing only one tire can cause a difference in pressure, wear and traction, which can affect the stability and handling of the vehicle, especially when maneuvering at high speeds or in harsh weather conditions.
In the event of a flat tire (or other damage to a single tire) you are strongly advised to replace a set (right & left) of tires for the same reasons.
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