March 15, 2016
As any Land Rover owner will know, it’s important to look after your tyres. They keep you safe on and off the road, connecting you with your driving surface and helping you tackle the terrain. But how do you know when your tyres need replacing, rather than a simple repair? Here are 5 sure-fire ways to tell if you need to replace your Land Rover tyres.
1. Check your depth
The legal minimum tyre depth is 1.6mm across 3/4 of the tread around the complete circumference of the tyre. But that’s the bare minimum; bear in mind that the tread depth of a new tyre is 8mm, and performance will get progressively worse as the tread wears down. Driving at 50mph in wet weather, it takes 2 car lengths longer to stop with a tread depth of 1.6mm, than if it were 3mm. And if you’re driving in winter conditions you should have at least 4mm of tyre tread. A quick test to check depth on your Land Rover tyres is using a 20p coin placed into the main tread block. If the outer band of the coin is obscured when inserted, then your tyre tread is above the legal limit.
2. Wear and tear
Whether or not you drive your Land Rover often, it’s natural for tyres to age over time, with temperature, sunlight and adverse weather conditions all having an impact. So as well as checking your tyre tread, inspect your tyres regularly for any cracks, cuts or blemishes, and if you find anything abnormal, take it along to your garage to be checked. Also look for signs of uneven wear on your tyres, as these could indicate problems elsewhere in the vehicle.
3. The age factor
Even if your Land Rover tyres are in good condition, it’s important to pay them particular attention if they haven’t been replaced for over 5 years. To be on the safe side, you should consider replacing them once they get to 5-10 years old, even if they don’t show any visible signs of wear.
If you’ve hit a kerb, driven over a pothole or suspect a puncture, get out and check over your Land Rover tyres at your earliest opportunity. Any obvious perforation or puncture will of course require attention, and you should seek professional advice about whether they can be repaired or if they’ll need to be replaced.
5. Winter temperatures
At air temperatures below 7 degrees Celsius, normal tyre compounds start to harden, causing a reduction in grip. If you drive a lot in cold conditions, it could be worth temporarily replacing your regular Land Rover tyres with winter tyres. These are specially designed to grip well in cold and wet conditions (but do not handle as well as regular tyres in summer conditions).
So there you have it, our 5 tips to tell when your Land Rover tyres need replacing. We recommend taking a few minutes just once a month to carry out these simple checks, to ensure a safe drive every time.