How the get the most from your tyres

prolonging the life of your tyres

Image of a man checking tyre tread. Credit: SpeedKingz/

Ensuring the tyres of your vehicle are in prime condition is crucial for safe driving, and there’s a simple procedure to get up to 20 per cent more life out of them.

Car tyres endure significant wear, being in constant contact with the tarmac. While the need to replace tyres inevitably arises after a certain mileage, several factors influence their durability.

Notably, aggressive driving, characterised by rapid acceleration and abrupt braking, can drastically shorten a tyre’s lifespan. On the other hand, adopting a smoother driving style can considerably extend it.

The secret to longer-lasting tyres

A remarkably straightforward tactic for tyre preservation involves maintaining the correct tyre pressure. Proper inflation ensures that the vehicle’s weight is evenly distributed across the entire surface of the tyre, significantly reducing wear.

To find out the optimal pressure for your tyres, simply refer to the information sticker located on the fuel tank cap or the interior side of a car door.

Top performing tyre brands

The latest survey by the Consumer Organisation, conducted in 2022 with feedback from 52,000 European drivers, revealed the tyre brands offering the best longevity.

Yokohama leads the pack, with tyres lasting an average of 44,634 kilometres before requiring replacement. Following closely are Michelin and Vredestein, with 44,187 km and 42,973 km respectively, while Toyo (42,406 km) and Continental (41,943 km) round out the top five.

Recognising when to replace tyres

The Organisation of Consumers and Users (OCU) provides a simple guideline for identifying worn tyres: ‘to know if it is time to change your tyres, you should look at the tread. There are studs in the tread pattern that mark the minimum depth, which is 1.6 mm. If they reach the surface, the tyre is too worn and it is time to change it.’

Ignoring this advice not only poses a risk to safety but also risks incurring a fine if stopped by a Guardia Civil officer.

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Written by

John Ensor

Originally from Doncaster, Yorkshire, John now lives in Galicia, Northern Spain with his wife Nina. He is passionate about news, music, cycling and animals.


    • Mark

      01 March 2024 • 09:57

      Beware of thinking that longevity is the only feature that should be taken into account when considering tyres for your vehicle. Vehicle anufacturers tend to recommend tyres which are the best all round performers suited to any particular vehicle.

      • Ian

        01 March 2024 • 11:50

        Yes, good point, as is the date of manufacture stamped on each tyre……which ITV tests do look at !

    • John Little

      01 March 2024 • 11:35

      Presumably this article is aimed at young drivers who have just started driving, if any read this paper. I am 70+ and have lost count of the times I have read similar articles over the years. Conclusion – the vast majority of drivers know this stuff, whether they bother to apply it is another matter. The only thing different about this one is the free advertising.

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