The importance of good tyres

Posted by Cal on 30 August 2013

Categorised in General

When you buy a car, it isn't a matter of one simple payment and then you're good to go for years. Cars require regular maintenance and attention in order to get the best performance out of them and for them to remain safe.

With all this maintenance and safety precautions comes some regular costs. Not only will you be paying for the basics such as fuel, but there's insurance, registration, licensing and roadworthiness checks to think about.

Then, if problems do arise, repairs will be necessary and can be costly. And don't forget your car tyres!

Why you shouldn't ignore your tyres

With all the costs involved with maintaining a vehicle, it's not hard to understand why tyre prices might put someone off replacing them until the very last minute. However, that last minute might just be too late if you have an accident due to your tyres being in poor condition.

If you think about it, it's no wonder tyres are so important - they're the point of contact between your car and the road. With each use they are exposed to a significant amount of wear and tear. Friction with the road, uneven surfaces and harsh weather conditions are just some of the obstacles our tyres come up against day to day.

That's why they need looking after. All this wear and tear can eventually put a lot of stress onto your tyres, so you need to keep an eye out for this.

If your tyre tread is worn down too low, for example, your car will lose its grip with the road far more easily. This can cause you to lose control and you may even end up in a dangerous accident. It's not hard to take a quick look at your tyres every week to see if anything's looking suspicious, and when you think about the potential consequences of inaction, you realise it's worth it.

Incorrect air pressure can also be a cause of damage to a tyre. Don't inflate your tyres too much or they'll burst, while letting the pressure get too low can also be disastrous. Check up on your tyre pressure at a service station regularly!

If you choose to buy tyres online, make sure it's from a reputable dealer. Keeping all this information in mind, you should be very wary of buying second-hand tyres online as you never quite know what condition they might be in.

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