5 Tips To Take Good Care of Your Tyres
Aside from brakes, tyres are one of the most important safety features on any car. Despite this, most people don’t understand the importance of looking after them properly. TyreSafe, an independent body promoting the importance of safe tyres in the UK, estimated that in 2015, as many as 1 in 4 tyres in the UK were illegal.
Illegal tyres are often unsuitably inflated, have defects or visible damage and are not well maintained for purpose. To maintain your tyres well and ensure that they meet minimum legal requirements intended to keep you and others around you safe, follow these five simple tips.
1. Check your tyre pressures regularly
You should check your tyre pressure monthly, as well as before and after big journeys or journeys where you are transporting a heavy load. This will help to maintain the correct tyre pressure that can support the weight of your vehicle for the entirety of your journey.
Be sure to check the recommended pressure for your tyres before adjusting. You can use an air pressure gauge to assess how much air you need to add, and then fill as necessary.
2. Check for unusual wear and tear
It’s very important to regularly check for wear and tear on all four of your tyres – but remember, it may not be immediately noticeable if one of your tyres has been damaged.
If your tyres seem to be wearing unevenly, it suggests that they are either under or overinflated. Check your tyre pressure, the tread depth, and look for damage before re-inflating.
It can be dangerous to repair a tyre because once it has a weak spot, it’s impossible for it to be restored to its former strength. If your tyre has a nail embedded into it, you should replace it as soon as possible.
3. Don’t overload the car
Tyres can’t bear unlimited weight, so be sure to not overload your vehicle. Adjust the tyre pressure depending on the weight that you’ve added but be sure to not exceed the tyre weight limit. If you do, you could risk tyre failure. Find out how much weight your tyres can support by checking your car’s user manual.
4. Ensure the wheels are aligned and balanced
Wheel balancing helps to prevent premature tyre wear and eliminates vibration that can lead to tyres coming loose. It protects suspension, steering and bearings – so could be a good decision in the long run to help maintain your car. You should have your wheels balanced when a tyre is replaced, or when you buy new tyres.
Incorrectly aligned wheels and axles can compromise the safety of your vehicle, but they can be hard to identify. Uneven wear on your tyres could be a sign that the wheels need realigning. Properly aligned wheels will give the best road handling and protect tyres from irregular or rapid wear. They’ll also help towards better fuel economy.
5. Be a good driver
Maintaining a consistent speed and refraining from sudden acceleration can reduce the risk of worn out tyres. Driving at high speed can damage your tyres through heat build-up and friction, and high speeds can also contribute to rapid air loss or a blow out, alongside harsh braking and hard cornering.
15 Aug 2019
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