Making sure that you look after your tyres should be an important part of your weekly car maintenance. Ensuring that your tyres are at the right pressure and within the legal tread depth are important for safety reasons.
- By making sure you have the correct tyre pressure will ensure that your tyres don’t overheat, or affect your handling on the road, reducing the risk of losing control of your vehicle. It will also ensure maximum efficiency and lifespan of your tyres, avoiding premature wear. By having the correct tyre pressure can even help your car’s efficiency, saving you on fuel costs.
- If your tyres are 5 or 6 years old, we would recommend bringing your vehicle in for us to have a look at so that we can make sure that they are still safe. Aging occurs in tyres over years in the form of cracks, which can be dangerous and compromises the safety and reliability of your tyres.
- You can check you tread from time to time, just to make sure that they are still within the legal limits. If your tread is below 1.6mm your breaking time will be compromised and you could also face a fine and penalty points on your driving licence.
- If your tyres are not the “foam sealant” filled kind, that fill out to automatically repair a tyre on a temporary basis, then you should make sure you have spare tyre in your vehicle for emergencies. These are often thinner and are not meant to be used for long periods of time, but if you break down it will get you home or to the nearest garage, where you should get it replace with a new fit for purpose tyre.
- Uneven tyre wear may be a sign that you need your wheels re-balancing. This will not only help to make sure that your tyres all wear at a similar rate, but will also result in less vibration within the vehicle when you are in transit, preventing the steering wheel wobbling, and generally impacting on the ease of driving.