How to Tell When Your Tyres Need Changing

Whether you’re using new or part worn tyres, you have to remain vigilant over tyre safety. Many drivers are unaware of when their vehicle’s tyres have become unsuitable or even unsafe to use on the roads. With some help from the team at, we’ve put together this article to advise you on the many signs that your tyres need changing.

How to Tell When Your Tyres Need Changing

First, we need to talk about tyre tread and other visible signs.

The first way to tell if you’re due a tyre change is to get out of your car and look more closely at the tyres. The first thing you’ll need to look at is tread depth. When those tyres were new, they likely had at least 8mm of tread depth. In the UK, when that tread wears to 1.6mm or less, then it’s time for new ones.

How can you measure that? One of the easiest ways is to use a 20p coin. Place it into the tyre grooves, and look at the coin. If the rim of the 20-pence piece has sunk entirely into the tread, then your tyres are still safe. If, on the other hand, you can see the rim, then it’s time for a change.

Other visible signs include cracks in the tyre sidewall, as well as bulges, blisters, splits and other defects. Any of these mean that you tyre could now be a ticking time bomb to an on-road blowout. This is both an unsettling and dangerous experience that for everyone’s safety you should avoid.

How to Tell When Your Tyres Need Changing

Second, you should think about the time since your last tyre change.

The team at advises that you should never drive on tyres more than 5 years without inspection. The average lifespan of car tyres, with proper rotation and avoiding extreme conditions, is roughly 4-5 years, or 50,000. For those who drive a lot in their day-to-day lives, it could be around 25,000 miles. Many factors may alter this lifespan, but those are the rough numbers.

Let’s say, however, that you keep your tyres well, rotate them, and hardly use the car. Some might think that could double or even triple their lifespan, but they’d be wrong. After about 10 years, regardless of how much they’re used, tyres need replacing. You can check the manufacturers recommendation to be sure on the maximum safe lifespan of tyres regardless of use.

Finally, you should think about your drive.

New and part worn tyres feel quite different as you’re driving on the road. The more worn your tyres become, the more likely you are to hear unsettling noises like squeaking. That noise might be caused by changes in air compression in the tyres. Besides noises, you might also sense vibrations, or feel that the ride is bumpier than usual. All of these can be caused by improperly inflated tyres, or worn tyres that are in bad need of replacement.

Consult with us at

New and part worn tyres are the wheelhouse of trained professionals like those at Apex Wheels. If you’re in need of assistance, or have questions about what kinds of tyres best suit you needs, get in touch with us today.

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