Sustainable tyre use is more than recycling or safe disposal…
Reducing the potentially harmful effects of tyres isn’t only about recycling or safe disposal when your tyre has reached the end of its life, it’s also about selecting the right tyre and using your tyres efficiently to get maximum wear out of them.
A tyre that is under-inflated does not roll as smoothly or as easily as intended. This reduces fuel efficiency because increased rolling resistance causes the vehicle to burn more fuel, increasing both emissions and fuel costs. A correctly inflated tyre increases the grip on the road and therefore is not only a greener, but a safer tyre. You should check your tyre pressure at least every two weeks. Click on the image to find the correct tyre pressure for your car!
Incorrectly aligned tyres cause uneven wear and handling problems, such as “pulling” or vibration. It will also increase your fuel consumption. It is good practice is to have your alignment checked each year or every 25,000 km.
Regular rotation minimises wear and prolongs the life of your tyres. It also reduces the risk of sudden tyre failure. Front tyres work harder than rear tyres as they must bear the scrubbing action of steering as well as rolling wear. You can prolong the life of your tyres by rotating them. Common practice is to rotate tyres approximately every 10,000 km but check with a tyre professional first.
Regularly check your tyres to make sure there is plenty of tread. The minimum legal depth is 1.5mm but the more tread you have the better the grip and the safer you’ll be. Most tyres have moulded tread-depth indicators which are flush with the tyre tread when it has reached the minimum depth. The minimum legal tread depth is 1.5mm within all principal grooves that contain these moulded tread depth indicators. These must be at least 1.5mm around the whole circumference of the tyre. (NZTA)
Disclaimer: Please check with your tyre professional for advice on the safe use and maintenance of your tyres.