How long should tyres last?

There’s no definitive answer for how long your tyres should last, but it’s recommended that you should always replace your tyres once they are ten years old. The advice for how many kilometres your tyres last varies widely from 10,000 to 50,000 kilometres.

The lifespan of your tyres will vary depending on a number of factors including:

  • your driving habits (highway vs stop-start city driving)
  • the climate
  • the design of the tyre
  • road condition
  • how well you maintain your tyres

Even if your tyres look like they’re in good condition, it’s recommended you replace them after ten years from their manufacture date. This includes spare tyres. Even if you think your tyres could last a little longer, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Get your tyres checked every year after five years

Regardless of how far you drive, once your tyres are five years old you should get them checked yearly. After five years a tyre will begin to deteriorate, as it dries out and the rubber loses its suppleness. This happens whether you drive a lot or very little, and also affects your spare tyre. Your mechanic should check your tyres as part of your regular service, or you can get them checked at a tyre shop. Many tyre shop offer a free tyre health check.

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