Tyres are an investment, and if you want them to last as long as possible, you need the right tools and technologies. In particular, take a look at this list. In most cases, these five essentials will help your tyres last longer.

1. Patching Kit

If you end up driving over a nail or damaging your tyre in another way, you don't necessarily need to replace it. Instead, you can breathe new life into the tyre by patching the hole. There are patching kits with patches that you glue onto the hole.

For small holes, you can often just use a spray-on sealant. That creates a coating inside the tyre that fills small holes.

2. Pressure Gauge

Driving on your tyres when they don't have enough air can damage them and shorten their lifespan. Unfortunately, the digital sensors on many vehicles don't advise you to put in air until the pressure levels are much lower than they should be.

To stay on top of deflation, use a handheld pressure gauge to check your tyres weekly or more often as desired. Then, top up with air as needed.

3. Air Compressor

An air compressor is helpful because it allows you to put air in your tyres at home. You can even fit some small compressors into the boot of your vehicle. That way, you never have to drive around with slightly deflated tyres, looking for somewhere to get air.

4. Cruise Control

Cruise control can be a helpful feature if you want to preserve the life of your tyres, and if you don't have cruise control on your current vehicle, you may want to consider adding an aftermarket system.

Then, when you are on a long stretch of road, you can just set the cruise control. That deters you from unnecessarily braking and speeding up, which can be hard on your tyres.

However, cruise control usually only makes sense on long, relatively uncrowded stretches of road. When you are driving in a city, just be mindful of driving gently. Try to not slam on the brakes or speed away from stop signs.

5. Sunshades

The sun can degrade the rubber on your tyres and cause them to wear out prematurely. To prevent that, park your car inside or in the shade. If that's not possible, you may want to invest in a sun cover for your entire vehicle or covers for just the tyres.