Look After Your Car Tyres And They Will Look After You

Look After Your Car Tyres And They Will Look After You

Your car tyres are a vital component of your car. Not only do they ensure that you enjoy the best possible levels of safety but good tyres in good condition provide optimum handling and fuel economy. By taking good care of your tyres and ensuring that you replace them regularly you can ensure that you get the longest life from your tyres and that you have the best drive from your car. Poorly kept car tyres can lead to accidents, reduced handling, and other problems.


Tyres are checked during an MOT but it is your responsibility, as the driver, to ensure that your tyres are kept in good condition throughout the year. This means making sure that they have a suitable tread depth and that they are inflated to the right levels. It also means that you have to be sure you have the right tyres fitted to every corner of the vehicle. Regular maintenance will help prolong the life of the tyre and ensure that you quickly and easily identify a tyre that needs replacing.


Consider setting aside a day of the week or once a fortnight to check tyre pressure. If you’re going on a long journey then you should check the pressure before you leave. Air expands as the tyre warms up so you should ideally check them at home before driving your car to get a true reading. Check the ideal PSI for your tyres in your owner’s handbook or, failing this, look them up online.


Over inflating a tyre means that less of the surface of the tyre comes into contact with the road when you are driving. This impairs your cornering ability and can make it especially difficult to drive in icy, wet, and slippery conditions. Under inflating a tyre means that your engine will have to work harder to power the car. You will use more petrol and you will typically find it more difficult to handle the car. The tyre may rupture if left in this condition for too long.


When checking tyre pressure, check the tread of each tyre too. Legally, the tread should not drop below a depth of 1.6mm but for greater safety you should consider changing tyres at a depth of 3mm. Your ability to stop quickly is greatly reduced when your tyres wear down below this level. You can buy a measuring gauge that is quick and easy to use and will allow you to check the depth of your tread every week. Don’t just check a single area because tyres can wear unevenly. In fact, if you notice uneven wear then this could be a symptom of a much bigger problem so do keep an eye out.


When it is time to change car tyres do make sure that you choose the most suitable. Ensure that the tyres are the right size and speed rating and that they are suitable for your use. If you are driving in wintry conditions or on especially muddy or slippery surfaces then consider buying tyres that are specially designed for use in these conditions. You may want to consider run flat tyres, but only if your car has tyre pressure sensors.


Tyres can last between seven and ten years and even if yours have suitable tread depth and look to be in good condition you should change them if they reach this age. The rubber will start to wear and it is not uncommon for a seemingly healthy ten year old tyre to blow for what seems to be no reason. Look after your tyre sand they will look after you.

A natural born writer, Stacey Barton writes professionally and for fun across a wide range of niches with particular attention to how classic brands can continue to offer the same product for decades and somehow survive the turbulent and ever changing consumer market.


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