How to care for your tyres

Caring for your tyres is straightforward. With a few simple techniques you can increase the life of your tyres, improve the safety and performance of your vehicle, and ultimately, save money.

Blacklion has developed a five-point tyre optimisation checklist.

A Blacklion expert carefully checks the surface of a tyre

Blacklion Five-Point Tyre Optimisation Checklist

1. Regular Checking

Checking your tyres is the number one way to care for them. Use Blacklion’s five-point tyre check – it takes less than five minutes.

2. Wheel Alignment (tracking)

You can easily check your wheel alignment when driving. If your car is pulling to one side then your tracking or wheel alignment is probably incorrect. Wheel alignment problems often occur when you run over something with force, such as a kerb or rock.

Incorrect wheel alignment causes your tyres to wear on one side. And if you notice tyres wearing on one side then you should immediately have your tracking realigned. Most mechanics can do this quickly and easily. Some offer this service for free.

Poor wheel alignment increases rolling resistance on the road and can affect handling and safety. Proper wheel alignment extends the length of your tyres.

3. Wheel Balancing

When you turn the wheel the weight of your vehicle should be evenly balanced. Wheels that are incorrectly balanced produce vibration, especially at high speed. A common sign is that the steering wheel starts wobbling when you are driving above a certain speed. This often makes driving uncomfortable.

Proper wheel balance results in a smoother drive. It also helps the tyres wear evenly, which increases their life.

4. Tyre Rotation

Tyres will wear differently dependent on where they are fitted on your car. Front tyres usually wear quicker than rear tyres as they have to do more work. If your wheel alignment or wheel balancing has been off then your tyres will have worn unevenly in different places.

By rotating your tyres regularly you can even out the wear across all your tyres. Common best practice is to rotate your tyres every 6 months or every 6000 kilometres, whichever comes first. Proper tyre rotation can extend the life of your tyres by up to 12,000 kilometres!

Tyre rotation involves removing every tyre and refitting it in a different position. Where you rotate them to depends on your vehicle.

Front-Wheel Drive

  • Front tyres: Move to rear and keep on the same side.
  • Rear tyres: Move to front and switch sides.

Rear-Wheel Drive

  • Front tyres: Move to rear and switch sides.
  • Rear tyres: Move to front and keep on the same side.

Four-Wheel Drive

  • Front tyres: Move to rear and switch sides.
  • Rear tyres: Move to front and switch sides.

5. Storing Tyres

Tyres naturally wear when they are fitted to your vehicle. You don’t want your tyres to wear any further when they are not being used.

  • Before removing tyres note their position on your car. Then you can rotate them when they are refitted.
  • Remove any stones or debris embedded in the tread.
  • Use water to clean your tyres and dry them to stop corrosion and rusting.
  • Make sure the storage space is clean from grease, petrol or solvents.
  • Keep your tyres away from sources of heat, like pipes and generators.
  • Do not stack tyres over long periods and don’t crush them under heavy objects.
  • A cool, clean and dry storage space is optimal.

When to Replace Your Tyre

All tyres will eventually need replacing. We would prefer that you replace your tyres less often.

How do you know when is the right time to buy a new set of tyres in the Middle East? Blacklion has a five-point checklist to guide you.

An example of a very bad tear

Blacklion Five-Point Tyre Replacement Indicator

1. Regular Checking Preserves the Durability of Your Tyre

Checking your tyres ensures you pick up on minor damage and anything that might be harmful to their long-term durability. Follow Blacklion’s five-point tyre optimisation checklist and you can keep using the same tyres for longer.

2. Age

All Blacklion tyres come with a three-year warranty. Tyres deteriorate quicker in hot weather and Blacklion tyres have been specially formulated for the conditions. However, as per UAE regulations, it is advised to check and replace tyres after three years in order to prevent blowouts.

The age of a tyre can also be measured in number of kilometres. All tyres have an international treadwear rating that provides an indication as to how long they will last. For example, tyres with a rating of 720 can cover more miles than those with a 300 rating. You can check the treadwear rating of all Blacklion tyres on this page, as well as compare them against other brands.

Upon purchasing your tyres, the dealer will inform you of the estimated number of kilometres the tyres can be sustained. When they have reached this milestone, you should start considering new tyres.

3. Appearance

You should inspect your tyres at least every month. Blacklion has a five-point checklist you can follow. If your tyres look strange then they might need replacing. Check them for:

  • Tread depth. If any parts of the tyre are bare or the tread is less than 1.6mm then your tyres are illegal in the UAE and Oman.
  • Bulges and blisters on the sidewall of the tyre. These can lead to a dangerous tyre blow out. It does not necessarily mean the tyre needs replacing but you must get them checked.
  • Lacerations. If the tyre has any significant visible damage, like lacerations or tears, it will need replacing.

4. Puncture

Not all tyres need to be replaced after a puncture. If the puncture is smaller than 6.4mm then a tyre specialist may be able to fix the puncture and recover your tyre. You will need a new tyre when:

  • A sidewall or tread puncture is larger than 6.4mm.
  • Any part of the punctured tyre tread has been worn below 1.6mm.
  • The tyre has gone flat due to a blow out.

5. Performance Upgrade

High-quality tyres improve your drive and is the first step to optimising the performance of your vehicle. Driving with degraded or poor-quality tyres will make if difficult to maximise your vehicle’s performance features.

High-quality tyres provide greater traction, decreased breaking distance, a smoother and quieter ride, along with enhanced performance in differing conditions.

Explore the tyre catalogue to discover how a performance upgrade can enhance the quality of your drive.