It should go without saying that your tyres are probably the most important feature on your car and should be taken care of accordingly. We recommend that you should check the condition of your tyres regularly (at least once a month). It is important to know the lifespan of your tyres, worn tyres can significantly impede the performance of your car. Driving with low tread depths can also reduce the effectiveness of braking, steering and acceleration, all of which are vital to the safety of yourself and your passengers. We have put our heads together and have come up with some practical tips you can do yourself to ensure the safety of your tyres.
What to check
There are various parts of your tyres that need to be check but we are going to begin with the basics. The first thing to check is the overall condition on your tyres including the inner and outer sidewalls. You should be checking for cuts and scrapes on the sidewalls. The next things to check would be the tyre tread depth and all the tyre pressures. It is a legal requirement to drive to the minimum required tread depth and tyre pressure, you’ll be risking points on your license if caught driving without the proper pressure and tread depth. The next step is to check for signs of irregular wear on all four tyres, depending on the tyre of sign of wear you find it might be caused by a greater issue.
Tyre rotation is recommended at 10000 miles intervals to balance tyre wear and increase overall tyre life. Some tyres are position specific and should not be rotated, if unsure you might be better off looking in your owner’s manual for the manufactures recommendation. Vehicles fitted with different tyre sizes front and rear may only be rotated left to right. When rotating it is important to remember the directions they go; the front tyres should be moved to the back and the sides should be switched and the front tyres should be moved to the rear in opposite positions.
Driving with the incorrect tyre pressure increases the risk of losing control of your car whilst driving, it can also lead to the unnecessary and uneven wear of your tyres. It could also lead to the breakdown of the tyre walls construction. If underinflated, your tyres can start rolling on the rim which can in turn lead to loss of control especially at higher speeds. Overinflated tyres mean that the tyre isn’t fully in contact with the road and so there is less grip to the road. This will lead to your tyres wearing down more in the centre of the tyre which could then affect its overall lifespan.
Finally, you should always be aware of everything going on with your car. If you have owned your car for a long time, you should be familiar with the sounds, dents and everything else so if something new happens you should be able to recognise it as soon as possible.