When it comes to getting the most out of your car tyres, it helps to understand the typical tyre lifespan. After a certain point, tyres become too old and will lose their quality, subsequently needing replacing. Understanding this process will help ensure you always have safe, reliable tyres when you are driving.

What do tyres become unusable?

There are many reasons why a tyre can become unusable and, as it gets older, these will often become more prominent or noticeable.

  • The tread is worn out with grooves past the minimum legal depth of 1.6 mm.
  • The tyres are generally ruined from dangerous road conditions.
  • The tyres were used with insufficient tyre pressure, or an excessive load, damaging them as a result.
  • The tyres were changed based on the owner’s personal preference and choice, rather than following the manufacturer’s recommended options.

What influences the wear and tear of a tyre?

All tyres will eventually suffer wear and tear from regular use. This tyre wear is caused by numerous factors, including:


When tyres near the end of their lifespan, check their condition to ensure your own safety, as well as the safety of others.

How can You expand a tyre lifespan?

All tyres will naturally age and wear, but there are methods you can apply to slow down this process. This will help give your tyres a longer lifespan, allowing you to get more use out of them.

  • The tyres should be inspected once a month for the correct pressure, as well as keeping an eye on tread wear.
  • Additionally, you should switch your tyres to ensure even wear across all four tyres.
  • You should also remember to properly balance your tyres and regularly control the geometry of your vehicle. 

When should You worry?

How can you tell when your tyres are nearing the end of the lifespan? Generally, their quality will start to deteriorate and you should notice some of the following developments:

  • Increased air loss
  • Uneven tread wear
  • Excess noise
  • More vibrations

If you encounter these signs, it may indicate additional external factors that require closer inspection. If it is unrepairable and the tyre is starting to show its age, you may want to remove the tyres and replace them with new options.

Tyre storage

How you store your tyres can also greatly influence their overall lifespan. When changing between summer tyres and winter tyres, you should always store the off-season products in the right environment. This should be in a dry, cool place that is indoors, not exposed to the sun or other elements.
When examining your tyre storage options, find an area where your tyres are not exposed to:

  • Moisture
  • Chemicals and oil derivatives
  • Extreme temperatures
  • Direct sunlight
  • Other ozone sources, such as electrical motors and transformers

If the car is equipped with a full-size spare tyre (which has the same tyre size and type as the models fitted to your car wheels), it is recommended that you include this in the seasonal switch.
You should also always observe any switching programme recommended by the manufacturer. As for the spare wheel, you should always check its tyre pressure before installing it on your car.