Why Is Tyre Care Important?
It is very easy to overlook your tyres, even though they’re a very important part of a vehicle. Performing some checks on your tyres regularly will give you better fuel economy and vehicle handling.
Good tyres give you a secure and smooth ride. Most tyre damage and wear is due to driving on tyres that are improperly inflated. If your tyres are not in optimal condition, they can:
- Reduce performance of your vehicle.
- Increase stopping distance, there-by raising the risk of skidding.
- Worn tyres increase consumption of fuel and CO2 emissions.
How Can You Prevent Damage?
- Check the ideal pressure of your vehicle’s tyres. This information will be given to you in your car’s manual. Do this when your tyres are cold or at least after 3 hours of being driven. You should check the air pressure once a month.
- Both over-inflated and under-inflated tyres can be dangerous. Over-inflated tyres reduce the grip of the tyres on the road. The braking is less stable which leads to less control of your car. This can be dangerous. Under-inflated tyres provide less control as well. It can increase braking distance. This will lead to much faster wear of the tyres.
- Consult a tyre professional as soon as possible if you see damage or cracks to the tyres. Have it checked if the tyres have recently had a large impact from a pothole for example. Make sure both external and internal of the tyres are checked.
- Check tyre tread on a regular basis. Look at the depth of your tyre. If it is less than 3mm in summers, or 4mm in winters, have the tyres changed.
- If your car or steering wheel is vibrating, have the balance of the tyres checked. Similarly, if your car makes unusual sounds, get the wheel alignment checked. It is best to have balancing and alignment checked every 10,000 kilometres.
Signs of Tyre Problems
- The biggest sign of tyre problems is improperly inflated tyres. Ideally, you should go to a professional to have the inflation level of your tyres checked. If you are driving down a straight road, look to see if your car pulls to one side. This pulling may be caused by improper alignment.
- Look at the tread of your tyres. If the center is smooth, your tyres may be over-inflated. If the outer edges are worn, your tyres may be under-inflated. If this is the case, have it checked and corrected as soon as possible.
- Road conditions can also impact tyre conditions. Depending on the kind of road (rough or abrasive, paved, country roads) the damage done to tyres can be minimal or severe.
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