Tyres are one of the essential parts of our car. Unfortunately, this aspect is neglected by many drivers, having quite serious consequences both on the car as well as the lives of traffic participants.
To ensure the safety of the car on the road, it is necessary to make sure that the tyres are in good condition at all times. Below you can find five ways to keep tyres in their best condition.
#1 Check the tyre pressure regularly.
Tyre pressure plays an important role in the car if the tyres are under or over-inflated. This can have a big impact on the car’s steering and braking ability. Another aspect affected by tyre pressures is the car’s fuel consumption; lower tyre pressures increase consumption, and at the same time, your gas mileage will be lower. In the worst-case scenario, having the wrong tyre pressure can lead to a blowout dramatically increasing the risk of having an accident.
To protect yourself and any passengers from these dangers, it is very important to check your tyre pressures, especially when undertaking long journeys or carrying something heavy. But the most important thing is to check your tyre pressure at least every month, including the spare. Checking the tyres can be done very easily at any petrol station, or if you have your pressure gauge, it would be preferable to check when the tire is cold for better accuracy. If unsure of the optimal tyre pressure, you can check the owner’s manual.
#2 Check the tyres for wear and damage.
Drivers must be aware of any changes in performance dynamics, such as increased incidence of air loss, noise or vibration, which could be an indication that the tyres must be taken out of service to prevent any damage while driving. Tyres that have been used for five years or more must be inspected by a specialist at least once a year and replaced if possible.
#3 Check Your Tyres Thread
The use of tyres must not exceed the minimum tread depth, which is 1.6mm. The tread depth profile must be checked frequently. Too little depth can double the braking distance, especially on wet roads, to increase dramatically. All you have to do is evaluate the tyre at a specialist service centre to make sure they are running safely on any type of road. When the tyre approaches the minimum allowed depth, they must be replaced immediately. As long as an optimal driving tread depth is maintained, it will ensure good control of the car and safety at the wheel.
#4 Do not overload the vehicle.
Avoid overloading your car before driving because the tyres are the ones that sustain the entire weight of the car. The efficiency of the tyre decreases by up to 30% if it is overloaded by 20%. Due to the excessive weight, the tire may explode, putting you at risk of causing an accident. To avoid this potentially harmful situation, it is good to check the tyres, which have a label stating the maximum weight allowed and associated pressures.
#5 Keep your wheels aligned.
Misalignment of the front or rear wheels can cause uneven wear and fast damage to the tyre; wheel alignment must be done correctly in a specialist tyre workshop. Check the alignment periodically as specified in the vehicle’s technical manual or whenever you feel that the driver’s control of the car is reduced. Make sure that when you change the tyres, you have the alignment and balancing done.
Rotating (interchanging) the tyres can prevent irregular wear. The rotation recommendations can always be found in the technical manual of your vehicle. If the period of rotation is not specified, the tyres must be rotated at intervals of approximately 5,000-8,000 miles.
Other useful information:
After any shock, the tyres can wear out. Watch out for physical shocks, don’t hit them on the kerb and don’t go through potholes or car bumps at high speeds. The impact causes defects inside the tire, and since those can’t be physically seen, they may worsen over time. A properly maintained tyre will last much longer improving the road safety and comfort for driver and passengers alike.
Also, keep in mind that properly inflated tyres will help save fuel while regular care helps the tyres to function at their full potential, reducing the need to have them replaced too often.
When replacing tyres, you can see the size of the tyre on the sidewall, i.e. 245/45 R18 tyres, however, it’s advisable to the tyres recommended by the manufacturer.
Those are just a few tips by Round Trip Tyres to keep your tyres in top condition, and by following them, you will be able to increase the performance of the car, while maintaining a high level of comfort when driving.