Unfortunately, many people often neglect to make sure that their tyres are correctly inflated and have enough tread left on them to grip the road safely. Studies have shown that while most drivers are vigilant when it comes to making sure that things like oil and fluid levels are right and that the engine is running smoothly, they often neglect one of the most important aspects of staying safe on the road: the condition of their tyres.
Maintaining the right pressure and checking that your tyres are not worn down and are the right fit for your vehicle are the most important things you can do to stay safe on the road. The following information is a general guide to how often you need to inspect your tyres.
How Often Should You Check Your Tyres?
It’s easy to forget about how important it is to keep a regular check on your tyres. Your average motorist can probably not even remember when they last checked their car’s tyres! As a general rule, you should be checking the condition of your tyres and the air pressure in your tyres at least once a month. It can be helpful to mark when you check your tyres on a calendar or in a diary so that you don’t forget. Ask yourself the question now: When did you last check your tyres?
When Do You Need to Have a Wheel Alignment?
Driving on unbalanced wheels can cause massive damage to your car and poses a real danger to yourself and other drivers. Over time, wheels will gradually fall out of alignment due to normal wear and tear caused by everyday driving. There is no real hard and fast rule about when you should bring your car in for a wheel alignment but a good general rule is have it done once every two to three years. However, if you have recently hit a pothole or a large bump or had an accident, then your wheels may have been knocked out of alignment. Common signs of misaligned wheels include pulling to one side when travelling on an even road, tyres that screech when you turn, uneven wear on your tyres or the steering wheel being off-centre when driving in a straight line.
How Do I Take Proper Care of My Tyres?
To care for your tyres properly, try and avoid driving over rough surfaces, potholes, bumps or curbs. Be aware of how old your tyres are and that tyres are more prone to slow leaks as they age. Always use tyres of the same size and type on your vehicle. Make sure that your wheel rims are not damaged or warped. Stay alert for any changes in the handling of your vehicle, strange noises or excess vibrations.
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