Healthy tyres for safer driving
Four small areas of rubber, each the size of a handprint, are all a vehicle has holding it to the ground

How to maximise the life of your tyres and stay safer on the road.

Ensure that your tyres have more than 1.6mm of tread.

Most new tyres start out with about 8-9mm of tread. When the tread wears, the tyre’s ability to disperse water reduces. 

Regularly check the indicators on your tyre’s tread pattern, which will show as lines across the tread when it’s reduced to 1.6mm

Ensure your tyres are correctly inflated.

Under or over-inflating your tyres is dangerous and can lead to excessive tread wear. Look for the manufacturer’s recommended tyre pressure, listed on the sticker usually located on the driver’s side door pillar or fuel flap, or ensure a tyre specialist inflates it for you.

Check your tyres weekly, either by yourself or by a tyre specialist.

Pressures should be checked when your tyres are cold.

Pressures should be checked with an accurate tyre gauge.

For heavy loads or sustained high-speed operations, inflation pressures must be increased according to your vehicle’s recommendations.

Check the age of your tyres

Unfortunately there is no hard and fast rule to determining the age at which a tyre should be removed from service. You can check the age of your tyres by looking at the Tyre Identification Number (TIN). The last four digits indicate the week and year the tyre was manufactured, for example a tyre with TIN ‘XXX4804’ was manufactured in the 48th week of 2004.

If in doubt check with a tyre specialist at your nearest Bridgestone Select.

Rotate your tyres regularly.

Tyre rotation is vital to achieving safe tread wear and long tyre life. Tyres can wear differently depending on their position on the vehicle. This can be due to vehicle loading or suspension and steering set up. Rotating your tyres will give a more even wear pattern and prolong tyre life.

For maximum tyre life, have your tyres rotated every 5,000 - 8,000 kilometres, or according to the vehicle manufacturer’s recommendations.

Get a professional wheel alignment regularly.

Misaligned wheels will cause your tyres to wear excessively and irregularly. Having correctly aligned wheels is also essential for safe handling and braking; it can even help to reduce driver fatigue.

Have a professional wheel alignment carried out every six months or 10,000 kilometres, whichever comes first.