You don’t need us to tell you how important your car tyres are. They hold the entire weight of the car on just a small amount of contact space. They absorb the shocks and bumps of the road, and respond to every corner. Your tyres are responsible for your comfort and safety while driving. They are also responsible for the engine performance and fuel economy. As such, it’s in your interests to look after them, and keep them well maintained. Doing so will extend the life of the car, and keep you safe. Here are your essential tasks.
When was the last time you checked the pressure in your tyres? We’ll bet it wasn’t two weeks ago, as advised by all the best mechanics. Your tyre pressure is essential to the safety and performance of the car. If your tyres are flat, the engine has to work much harder to move forward. (Just think about cycling on flat tyres. Hard isn’t it?) It’s also dangerous as the steering is no longer so responsive. Under-inflated tyres are one of the most common car problems, and will cause trouble. The opposite is also dangerous. When your tyres are overinflated, there is less connection with the road, leaving the car vulnerable.
Every tyre has a certain pattern, or tread along the surface. This pattern makes sure the tyres grip the road, keeping the car manageable. It’s especially important during the winter, when the roads get even slippier. The effectiveness of this grip is all down to the tread depth. When it wears down (as rubber always will), there is less grip on the road. Your tyres must adhere to the legal limit of 1.6mm tread depth. However, we think that anything less than 2mm is cause for concern.
Rotate the tyres
Your tyres generally wear unevenly. Depending on the set up of your car, and your driving style, you’ll see uneven wear between them. For example, front-wheel drive cars tend to cause the front wheels to wear down faster. ‘Rotating’ the tyres means switching the front wheels for the back wheels. This will even out the wear, and you’ll get a lot more miles from them. If you’re not comfortable doing this yourself, contact mobile tyre fitters to do it for you.
Balance and alignment
Unbalanced tyres can cause irreversible damage to the suspension in your car. It will also lead to uneven tyre wear and stress on certain parts of the vehicle. It’s crucial that your tyres are balanced every time you replace them. Secondly, it only takes a kerb or a pothole to cause huge damage to your alignment. You might not notice immediately, but your handling will be heavily affected. If the car feels less responsive than usual, take it into the experts.
Last of all, carry out a regular inspection of the valves. These are very delicate, and they wear down over time. They’re often the first component to go, and will affect the tyre pressure significantly.
That’s all there is to it, folks! Take care of your tyres, and they’ll take care of you.