Tyres are a necessary part of motoring and they don't come cheap, as many first-time car owners find out as an unpleasant surprise.

Buying the best quality tyres you can afford will save you money in the long run.

While this might sound paradoxical, high-quality tyres last much longer than budget tyres and with a little bit of care, you will spend less on their upkeep. 

Here, Reg Greenwood Tyres & Exhuast offers six tips to improve your tyres' lifespan. 

Drive Carefully 

Look after your car and its tyres from day one. Driving carefully might seem a little dull, but it is safe and will protect your tyres from damage caused by excess speed, poor roads and sudden acceleration and deceleration. 

Propery Inflation 

Modern tyres are carefully designed by motoring engineers to work best at their optimum range of inflation. This make such a difference to your road safety that it has been included as part of the annual MOT test since 2018. 

Wheel Balancing 

Wheel balancing refers to the balance of the entire vehicle across the four wheels. A properly balanced car exerts an even pressure on all four wheel, offering a smoother ride, less noise and reduced wear and tear on the car and its tyres. 

Tyre Alignment

Tyre alignment ensures all four tyres are arranged precisely parallel to one another. This is also key to enjoying a smoother ride, reduced wear and tear and extends the lifespan of your tyres far longer than those that are poorly aligned. If tyres are not aligned they will either pull away from each other or push towards one anothe, which can cause increased friction and huge amounts of wear. The damage can even spread from the tyres to the axles and even further into the car's workings. 

Tyre Rotation 

Tyres wear out in a predictable pattern with the heaviest wear on the front tyres and on the outside edges. Tyre rotation involves swapping tyres; back to front and left to right and vice versa so the lesser worn areas are swapped into high pressure areas.

Rotating tyres should be done before the wear becomes pronounced. The recommended timeframe is every 5,000 miles or six months - whichever comes first. This will ensure your tyres wear down smoothly and evenly. 

Regular Servicing 

Taking your car for regular servicing is important for a host of reasons - including to look after your tyres. Your mechanic will check that your tyres are in good condition and alert you to any issues. Often, these issues can be easily sorted out in the early stages but can become more serious if left unchecked. 

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