Tyres are one of the most important parts of a car. Unfortunately, many drivers fail to look after them properly, which can have serious consequences.
Check out some helpful advice on tyre care that you can carry out yourself
1.Maintain Correct Tyre Pressure
The most important aspect of maintaining a car’s tyres is checking the correct tyre pressure. Tyre pressure can have a significant impact on your car’s steering, handling, braking and mileage. Under or over inflated, it can increase fuel consumption and make your tyre more susceptible to wear and tear.
The best time to do so is when in the morning, when the air is cold. You should also keep a tab on the PSI level of spare wheel on a monthly basis
- Maintain good driving habits
It is also important that you practice good driving habits to keep your tyres in top condition. Avoid excessive braking or acceleration while driving, this can have detrimental effect on your tyres and cause them to wear early.
Try to drive as consistently and smoothly. Try to avoid potholes on the road surfaces, slow down for speed bumps to prevent the wheels from being knocked out of alignment and avoid speeding excessively.
- Keep your wheels aligned
When your wheels are out of alignment your tyres won’t point in the right direction which can create problems for your tyres. Incorrect alignment can result in rapid irregular tyre wear and can affect the handling and safety of the vehicle while also reducing the driver’s control of the car as well as increased fuel consumption.
When having your vehicle looked over or fixing new tyres, make sure the alignment is checked and adjusted if need be.
- Check Your Tyre Treads
Tyre treads have a direct impact not only on the performance of your car, but also its overall safety, especially in poor weather conditions. Checking your legal tyre tread depth is one of the most important checks which will indicate the condition or health of your Tyre.
A tyre’s tread helps disperse water away from the contact patch between tyre and road. This poses danger to you and your car if you are in the wet with worn tyres.
Regularly check all four tyres and Inspect your tyres at least once a month, as well as before and after long journeys.
- Avoid overloading your car
Overloading your car while driving is more dangerous than you may think. A vehicle that is carrying a lot of weight can compromise the handling and put massive strain on vehicle tyres. Overloading can cause the tyres to overheat and wear rapidly which increases the chance of premature, dangerous and expensive failure (such as blow outs).
Take time to check your tyre label which have the tyre load index mark. Take care not to exceed the recommended amount. You may also be able to find out how much weight your car can safely handle on the placard on the door frame.
- Check for damage and unusual wear and tear
It’s important for every driver to do a physical check of the tyres and look out for any signs of unusual wear or damage such as cuts, bulges or any objects that have punctured the tyre. In case you notice any of these problems, get them checked by a professional mechanic and repaired if necessary.
If you get a puncture while driving, please replace it with the spare until you can make it to the nearest mechanic’s garage. Bear in mind that spare tyres are designed only for temporary use and should be swapped with a regular one as soon as possible.
These are the few ways in which you can make sure your tyres are in good condition
Of course, tyres are expensive but you may need a replacement once in 4 – 5 years. However, before the end of that period, your tyre could easily be torn down to shreds, if proper care isn’t given to it.