Get ahead of the tread.

5 ways to spot when it’s time to change your tyres.

Sometimes it does seem like there are too many things to pay attention to. As tedious as it all might seem, it’s very important. Especially when it comes to your tyres.

Routine daily checks are the best way to save yourself money in the long run. As part of these routine checks, none are as important as checking the condition of your tyres. There are certain things that you need to look out for:

1. Don’t tread on thin lines.

To make sure that your tyres keep you on the road at all times, they need to have the best grip. To have the best grip, you need to have a certain level of tread on your tyres. The legal limit for when to replace your tyres is when the tread depth falls below 1.6 mm. It is, however, recommended that you change summer tyres at 3 mm and winter tyres at 4 mm tread depth.

2. Make sure everything is even.

There are instances when asymmetric tyre wear happens. This means that your tyres have different tread wear. It’s usually caused by a misaligned or damaged suspension. It’s important to check each tyre individually, even if they were all bought at the same time. Tyre Angel from Bidvest Insurance provides wheel balancing and alignment every 12 months.

3. Watch the cracks.

With the way things have been, most of us haven’t been driving our cars as much as we used to. What happens in these cases is that the rubber of the tyre starts to harden and crack. These cracks might be normal wear and tear, but if you start to see cracks on the side, it is better to go get these checked.

4. Damaged sidewalls.

It would not be hard to believe that bad conditions and potholes are a mandate of South African roads. The damage they do to tyres can attest to this. Bubbles on the sidewalls or cracks resulting from sudden potholes and bad roads are a danger to your tyres. Although there are side patches as a temporary solution, replacing your tyres is a much safer bet.

5. Tyre age.

Regardless of how well and carefully you drive, time will always be a factor. With time the condition of your tyres starts to deteriorate, this means that, for your safety, you will need to replace them. As a rule of thumb, do not use your tyres for more than three years or 40,000kms.


We all know that car tyres are expensive to replace, it is even more expensive to ignore them. Tyre Angel policy benefits cover a wide range of tyre damage and tyre maintenance needs.

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Insurance options for you:

  • Cyber Rescue
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  • Scratch and Dent
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