You may not realise it, but your car’s tyres can provide you with a wealth of information about your vehicle. Regularly checking your tyres is essential to avoid blowouts, accidents and to be sure that your car is running at an optimum performance level. Balding, worn, deflated or badly fitted tyres are not only hazardous to you and other road users but they can also damage your car over time, resulting in expensive repairs. In this article, we present you with some great tips to make sure that your tyres grip the road properly and won’t let you down.
Choose the Right Tyres
Many drivers are unsure of which tyres will best suit their vehicles. Your existing tyres and your owner’s manual will give you all the information you need to be sure that you are riding on the right tyres. The first step is to check that the size and maximum load bearing capacity of your tyres matches what your vehicle has been designed for. By consulting with your vehicle’s manual and referencing this information against the numbers found on the side of your tyres, you will be able to ascertain whether your tyres are a good fit for your car.
Inspect for Wear and Tear
By knowing how to look for danger signs in the wear and tear on your tyres, you can avoid problems in the future. There are many ways in which your tyres can display warning signs. Be sure to look for flat spots, cracks or bulges, wear on a single side of the tyre or any diagonal scuffing across the tread. All of these indicate that your tyres may need to be replaced, aligned or balanced properly or that your vehicle may require a full service. It is also useful to keep an eye on your tyres tread wear indicators. These are small ridges situated deep between the treads where they cannot touch the road. If the tread on your tyres is flush with the indicators, then your tyres need to be replaced as soon as possible!
Having your tyres at the right pressure is not only essential for the safety of your vehicle; it will also increase your fuel economy and enhance your car’s steering and stopping ability. Cars that drive on over or under inflated tyres pose a massive risk to passengers and other road users. It is normal for air to slowly escape from tyres over time, so keeping a vigilant check on maintaining the right tyre pressure is vital.
Your owner’s manual or the tyre information plate attached to your vehicle’s door edge should contain the details you need to be sure that your tyres are at the correct pressure. Bear in mind it is better to check your tyres’ air pressure when they are ‘cold’, meaning that they have yet to be driven more than one kilometre.
For more information on keeping your car’s tyres at the right level, speak to AME Automotive in Canning Vale today.