Car Tyre Safety Tips
Your car’s tyres are the only part of your car in contact with your road. So they play a crucial role in road safety. The condition of your car’s tyres directly affect aspects like handling and fuel efficiency.
Your safety, as well as the safety of your co-passengers and other motorists, can depend a great deal on the condition of your car’s tyres. You can improve the safety and performance of your car greatly by keeping them in top condition at all times.
This is often neglected and tyres are usually taken for granted. A few simple checks can make a huge difference. Here are some simple tips to ensure your tyres are safe and ready for a smooth ride.
Maintain Appropriate Tyre Pressure
Your tyre must be appropriately inflated to ensure it can support the vehicle’s weight and load. Improperly inflated tyres are at the risk of wearing out rapidly. What’s more, tyre pressure affects the car’s fuel efficiency as well.
Regularly check your tyre pressures per the manufacturer’s recommended specifications. You will find the tyre pressure specifications in your owner’s manual.
Regular Wheel Alignment and Balancing
The terms “wheel balancing” and “wheel alignment” are often used interchangeably. However, they are completely different issues, both equally important.
Wheel alignment involves making adjustments to the angles of the wheels such that they are parallel to each other and perpendicular to the ground. Here are some signs of tyre misalignment:
- Rapid or uneven tyre wear.
- When driving, you can feel that the steering wheel is pulling to one side.
Wheel balancing ensures the wheels and tyres spin without producing any vibrations.
If you experience any of these signs, it’s time to have your wheels balanced:
- The tyres have a cupped or scalloped wear pattern.
- Vibrating steering wheel, floor-pan or seat when driving at high speeds.
Check Tyre Tread Depth
A tyre’s tread ensures your vehicle has a good grip on the road.
However, when the tread pattern wears, a tyre’s ability to offer good grip reduces.
Determining the condition of your tyre’s tread is easy. All tyres in Australia feature a wear indicator. You will find raised bars at the bottom of the groove. This is the indicator. If you find that the tread surface and the bars are in level, it’s time to have your tyres replaced.
Check all the tyres in your car and take necessary action.
Here are some signs of tyre wear and tear:
- Deep cuts.
- Vibrations in the tyres while you drive.
- Deep cuts.
- Distorted tyre tread.
- Perished or separated rubber.
Maintain Your Tyres Post a Puncture
When a tyre is punctured, be sure to check it thoroughly for damages because of the puncture and the resultant impact.
Check the Spare Tyre
Even if you don’t ever use the spare tyre, it’s important to ensure it’s in good condition. Check the tyre tread and pressure of your spare tyre regularly.
You can ensure that the tyres wear evenly by rotating them regularly. Tyre rotation ensures that there’s uniform wear across the complete set. Even wear helps extend your tyres’ life while helping you to obtain balanced traction and handling.
Buy High Quality Tyres from Mobile Tyre Shop
Mobile Tyre Shop supply and fit all leading tyre brands. Our prices are fully inclusive of onsite fitting, wheel balancing, new valves and weights. We also recycle your old tyres.