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Posted by Royal Sundaram on 07 Aug 2013
Your life rides on your tyres every time you get in to your vehicle. Over a period of time, the tyres of a car are bound to develop cracks in them. An aging tyre is recognized by cracks, which start appearing on the surface as well as inside which eventually loosen the steel belts in the tread from the rest of the tyre.
This process of aging tyre is invincible and sometimes is accelerated due to improper maintenance and heat. According to carmakers, tyre manufacturers and experts, your car’s tyre should be replaced every six years from the production date. The following conditions determine the age and quality of life of your car tyres:
Heat: People staying in warm places and in coastal climates should keep in mind that the car tyre ages faster in hot, humid and warm climates. Hence, the car owner should regularly keep a watch on the car tyre conditions.
Usage: The age and condition of a car tyre also depends on the usage and treatment of the same. It is important to make sure that it is properly inflated before the car hits the road. It is also important to avoid bumpy roads with lots of potholes and speed breakers as it eventually puts stress on the tyre and its longevity. Experts advise to maintain proper air pressure in tyres, apart from following a proper inspection and regular routine.
Storage: It is important to store your spare tyre properly away from excessive heat conditions. Also, make sure to keep the spare tyre dry and moisture-free. Remember that an unused tyre ages slowly while a tyre which is already in use has to face the heat and brunt of the roads, which naturally affects its longevity.
As a responsible car owner, you are expected to replace your old and stressed out car tyres at the right time. Besides, make sure to check the production date of the tyre to make sure that you use a freshly manufactured one. Also, do not buy used tyres, however inexpensive they may be.
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