When purchasing a new set of tyres, one of the things you’ll notice mentioned on the sticker is “tyre break-in period.” This term means that your tyres will perform at their peak if they are used under certain conditions for the first few hundred miles.
But what exactly does a tyre break-in entail, and why is it important? In this blog post, we will explore everything you need to know about tyre break-in and why it’s crucial to your driving safety.
During the manufacturing process, tyres are covered in release agents and lubricants to make it easier to remove them from the mould. While these agents are washed off before shipping, a small amount may remain on the tyre’s surface.
This leftover coating could cause the tyre to slip and slide on the road, which can be dangerous, especially in wet conditions. A tyre break-in period allows the driver to gradually scrub off the remaining coating on the tyre’s surface by using the tyres in normal driving conditions.
As a general rule, most tyre manufacturers recommend breaking in new tyres for about 500 miles. During this period, it’s crucial to avoid hard braking, sharp turns and sudden acceleration. Slowly build up your speeds, avoiding excessive speeds and travel on wet roads if possible.
Adhering to these guidelines not only reduces the risk of accidents but also helps your tyres to wear evenly, promoting a longer life span for your tyres.
Did you know that breaking in your tyres can not only improve your driving safety and extend tyre life but also increase fuel economy? After a tyre is manufactured, it has a high rolling resistance, meaning it takes more energy to move it forward.
However, with time and use, the tyre’s rolling resistance decreases, which can reduce fuel consumption. Therefore, taking care of your tyres during the break-in period can save you money in the long run.
Another critical benefit of tyre break-in is that it allows the tyres to adjust to the vehicle’s weight and driving style. Breaking in the tyres ensures that they fully “heat cycle” which means going through a few heat cycles.
Heat cycling is a process that involves the heating and cooling of the tyre while driving to make the internal components bond together better. Allowing the new tyre to go through a few heat cycles enables them to suitably adapt to the driver’s style, weight, and the road’s condition.
So if you ever purchased brand new tyres or are about to, remember to break them in gently for the first 500 miles. Gradually increase your speeds, avoid excessive braking and sharp turns to ensure the tyres can scrub off the release agents and bonding agents for better tyre performance.
Breaking in your tyres will not only promote longer tyre life and better fuel economy but also ensure safe driving. So, make sure to follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for your specific tyres, and remember that running new tyres under driving conditions suitable for their purpose and at the correct tyre pressure will promote even wear, extend life and maintain the right level of driving safety.