Tyre Safety Tips
This time of year can mean changes to your tyres, the cold weather can cause the tyre pressure to drop, the appearance of pot holes can cause damage to your tyres and much more, below you will find our helpful tips on how to ensure you are maintaining your tyres and optimising your driving safety.
It’s vital to pay attention to the state of your tyres, just like you would the rest of your car. Generally, it’s recommended that you take a good look at the condition of the tyres every fortnight and before every long journey. However, you never know when something will damage your tyres, so it’s advisable to at least give them a quick once over before every journey. Here are our tips for your tyre safety checks:
1. Check your tyre pressure
The pressure of the tyres should be checked at least once every month. If you discover a change in pressure to the negative or positive, ensure you restore it to the right pressure. The tyre pressure recommended by the manufacturer for your vehicle can be found in the operational manual. Alternatively, you may find it in the glove compartment, under the fuel cap or on the inside of the door of your car. The pressure should be checked when the tyres are cold, before every long journey.
2. Check your tread depth
If your tyres have more tread, they’ll be able to grip the road more easily when it’s wet. The tyre tread depth should be checked on a regular basis either using a tread gauge or the built-in tyre tread wear indicator. The law states the grooves of the tread should retain a given minimum depth of 1.6mm. This can be identified by the TWI (Tread Wear Indicator), which is located around the tyre’s circumference. When you’re checking the tread depth, it is important to check all of the tyres.
3. Check for irregular wear or damage
Regular checking should be done to ensure that there isn’t any irregular wear. Check for any objects lodged in the tyre treads. Also, look for any bulges, cracks, tears or cuts; the kind of damage that may require quick attention. The regular check for damages or irregular wears should include checking all four tyres and wheel rims. Irregular wear on the wheel rims can result in damage to the tyres.
4. Check the spare tyre both in and out
The spare tyre is extremely important because you never know where and when you’ll get a flat tyre. Hence, before long journeys, check the spare tyre both from the inside and outside. Make sure that there are no unexpected damages to the spare or any sharp objects lodged on the inside. This way you’re making sure that if you get a flat tyre, you’ll be able to replace it and continue with your journey without issues.
For a safe and comfortable journey, whether it’s a road trip or your standard commute, make sure your tyres are in a suitable condition for driving using the tips above.