Does Your Car Have Tyres That Are Roadworthy?
As you probably already know, to ensure that you stay safe on the road, it is important that you look after your tyres and check them regularly. We recommend that you carry out routine car tyre care and inspect your tyres every 2 weeks. There are many different reasons for tyre wear. Your tyres don’t just get worn due to age and use, other factors including emergency braking, incorrect tyre inflation and wheel alignment, and poor road surfacing can easily damage a tyre. Winter weather is hard on your vehicle and its engine. If your car is due a service, don’t hesitate, get it done now.
While the cold can cause lots of problems for cars, up to half of them could have been prevented by regular servicing and maintenance checks. It’s also a great time to take advantage of discounted ‘winter car checks’ offered by some garages. Each car will have its own servicing schedule, usually enclosed within the manual pack and this should be followed in order to keep your vehicle at optimum performance and to ensure it lasts as long as possible.
Having the right tyres for your vehicle can improve its safety and fuel efficiency which is why it’s so important to get the correct ones for your make and model fitted.
A few minutes’ maintenance could see your car through the worst the weather has to offer. I mean, think about it, tyres are the only thing in your vehicle that actually touch the road. This means that they are in control of your steering, braking, acceleration and absorbing all the bumps that the road may throw at you. And when you’re responsible for transporting your family, from a safety perspective it’s super important to make sure you have the correct tyres for your vehicle.
Tyre damage can be devastating to the functioning of your car and can put your health and safety at risk. While some sources of damage are unavoidable. There are some ways that you can avoid wheel damage in any driving conditions:
- If you have to drive your vehicle over an obstacle (e.g. a curbstone), approach it slowly. Angle your wheels as close to perpendicular to the object as possible.
- Try to avoid potholes, driving over curbs, and scraping and parking against curbs.
- Check your vehicle’s tyres regularly for exterior damage such as cuts, cracks or bulges.
- Check your tyre pressure regularly.
- Replace your tyres when needed.
- Monitor the tread and sidewalls.
- Pay attention to vehicle load, average speed and type of use when considering the status of your tyres.
- Rotate tyres regularly, about every 6 months.
- void heavy braking and skidding.
- Ensure proper mounting and lubrication.
- Check for proper tyre alignment.