3 top tyre maintenance tips

Posted by: Cal on 15/07/2013

Category: General

Many car drivers are probably a little too careless with their car tyres, not checking up on them too often until one punctures or completely fails.

However it can pay great dividends to check up and perform a bit of good old tyre maintenance on your car regularly. It may save you from something as serious as an accident, or at the very least from having to replace your tyres so often which can save you money.

Check your tyre pressure

Tyres with the wrong pressure can make driving very dangerous, as you can lose control of your vehicle easily. The pressure can drop fairly easily through small punctures, daily wear and tear and the natural passing of time. It's good practice to check your tyre's pressure every month - it's really quite quick and easy and keeping the levels in the green will help to maintain their performance and lifespan. Correct tyre pressure even makes for greater fuel efficiency.

The recommended pressure for your tyre can be found in your vehicle's user manual, inside the fuel gate or on a label on your door. Their pressure can be checked and pumped up at any service station.

Wear and tear

Everyday wear and tear can really grind your tyres down so it's important to drive safely (read: no wheelies) to preserve your tread depth for as long as possible.

Once the tread is worn down you will need to replace your tyres. This is an important issue as insufficient tread can cause loss of grip on the road - especially during wet weather - and therefore can lead to accidents.

Keep it straight

If you feel anything strange going on with your tyres and car's handling, get your tyres and vehicle serviced immediately. Wheel alignment can be disturbed if your tyre hits something such as a sidewalk or rock, and this can compromise suspension, tyre performance, handling and safety. This is one best left to the professionals.

Remember, your tyres are what carry your vehicle from A to B. If something is not quite right with them then the whole vehicle's performance is compromised. It's better to be safe than sorry and it's relatively easy to check up on their condition - so there's no excuse not to act quickly if you notice something!