If you read our previous blog on ‘vital checks to make on your car at least once a week’ you’ll know we recommend a visual inspection on the tyres. We thought we’d elaborate a little on that subject because keeping your tyres in good condition is a vital part of road safety. We’ve listed a few simple tips in this latest blog that should make you an expert in tyres in next to no time. Let’s get rolling!
- Visual checks – There are a number of visual checks you can perform on tyres once a week so get into this habit when you wash the car. Look at the outside wall of each tyre. Can you see any lumps or bumps in the tyre? This could indicate cases of ‘kerbing’ or weak spots inside the tyre, if so, get the tyre replaced. Cuts in tyres and cracking on the sidewall due to age are other common problems. If you spot this on the tyre get them checked or replaced for safety’s sake.
- Tyre tread – This should 1.6mm across 75% of the tyre tread as the bare minimum. Road safety organisations such as ROSPA, RoadSafe and tyre and car manufacturers recommend you change the tyres when the tread gets to 3mm though. Below this figure tyres are less effective, they lose their grip, especially in wet weather. Hit the brakes hard in the wet driving a car with worn tyres and you’ll be lucky if you don’t crash into something. You can buy tread gauges from stores like Halford, just make sure you check at various places around the tread because they can wear unevenly.
- Tyre pressure – As well as tread, it’s worth checking the pressure in your car’s tyres, including the spare. You can do this using the airline at the petrol station. You’ll find the right tyre pressure in your owner’s handbook, some manufacturers place this data on door frames or fuel filling caps. Get the pressure right. Over or underinflated tyres cause wear on the tyre and you might have to replace them sooner.
Got all that? Try practicing on your car and keep those tyres in tip-top shape.