Why preventative maintenance is vital

Posted by: Cal on 23/12/2013

Category: General

Looking after your car can help extend its life, reduce repair costs and keep you safe on the roads. One of the most important parts of this is tyre maintenance. Poorly looked-after tyres can, at best, lead to an early and expensive replacement, and at worst can cause accidents on the road.

Find out everything you need to know about why tyre maintenance is vital, and how you can incorporate it into your automobile routine.

Why maintain my tyres?

Tyre safety is incredibly important to ensure your ride is as comfortable as possible, and also reduces your risk of on-road incidents. In accidents where technical failures are to blame, improper tyre maintenance is one of the leading contributors.

Tread wear

Tyres should have at least 1.6mm of even tread, or else they must be replaced. New tyres have about 8mm of tread pattern, and as they wear down their ability to disperse water is impaired, which could lead to accidents,

Replace tyres before the tread wears down to the level of the tread wear indicators, which are moulded into the tyres at least 1.6m above the bottom of the grooves.

Tyre pressure

Regular tyre pressure checks could save your life, and they're very easy to perform.

Under or over-inflated tyres can cause abnormal wear and tear, which leads to tyre overheating, excess fuel consumption and tyre blow-outs.

Over-inflation can also lead to the reduced ability of the tyre to absorb shocks in the road, creating a more uncomfortable ride for passengers.

Check the tyre pressure at your local service stations when the tyres are cold for the most accurate reading. Refer to the placard on the inside of the driver's door for the ideal pressure of tyres. This will also tell you the correct tyre size, speed rating and load capacity, which will come in handy when you replace your tyres.

Tyre rotation

Tyres can wear out at different rates across the car. One of the best ways to help keep wear even across all tyres is to rotate them regularly. Swap the rear tyres to the front and vice versa for even wear and longer-lasting tyres across the board. Try rotating them every five to ten thousand kilometres, even if there are no obvious signs of wear.