It’s all well and good that you have some premium quality tyres that will keep you safe and comfortable on the road, but a question on many drivers’ minds is “how am I going to keep them in perfect condition?” Well, this post will help you with that by giving some useful tips to help your tyres run smoothly.
It’s important that you regularly maintain your tyres and choose the perfect ones for you, as they are the only link between your vehicle and the road. They also carry the entire weight of your car, a load of up to 50 times their own weight! Furthermore, they respond to driving inputs such as steering, acceleration and braking from the car to the road surface and absorb every obstacle on the road.
Whenever you get your tyres replaced or get repaired it’s a good idea to replace the valve, as it will keep an airtight seal to maintain tyre pressure. Valves are cheap and make sure that your tyre pressure stays perfect. Without perfect tyre pressure, your vehicle’s performance will be affected and it will also negatively affect the tyre’s lifespan. If that wasn’t enough incentive, having the optimum pressure will make your car more fuel efficient and therefore save on fuel costs. Having tyre pressure checked monthly is a relatively inexpensive way to help your tyres, and is also pretty easy!
Tread depth is an important factor in tyre safety, and it is in fact illegal to drive on tyres if the depth is below the minimum. An easy way to check this is by taking the 20p test. All you have to do is push a 20p into the tread, and if the outer band of it is obscured then it’s safe for the road! If not then it’s below the minimum depth of 1.6mm and as a result you would need to get a new tyre or risk the £2500 (per tyre) fine if checked by the police.
Once you’re sure that your tyres are correctly inflated to reduce wear, it’s a good thing to consider rotating your tyres. It’s recommended to rotate your tyres about every 6,000 miles that you drive (or 6 months, whichever comes quicker) to ensure the wear on them is evenly spread as tyres on the front usually wear faster than rear tyres. However it’s important to keep in mind that some tyres are specifically suited for being rear or front tyres, so it’s best to get a specialist to change them unless you know a lot about the tyres that you use.
No matter how much care you give to your tyres, they can only last so long. It’s important to think carefully and logically before choosing which tyres suit your car best, and to help with this, here are some reasons to get new tyres and tips and recommendations for when you buy them.
When to buy a new tyre
Your tread depth is too low- if your treads are below 1.6mm then you should definitely get a new tyre.
You have a tyre blow-out- if one of your tyres has gone flat due to a blow-out, it should be replaced.
If it has significant lacerations or a large puncture- if any puncture/damage is bigger than 0.64cm, then it can’t be repaired and as a result you’ll need to get some new ones.
Tips for buying replacements
It’s a good idea to replace all four tyres at the same time, as it will give you optimum handling. It’s recommended to have all four tyres of the same type and size unless the vehicle manufacturer specifies otherwise.
If you’re only buying two, make sure they’re the same as the tyres you’re keeping, and put the new ones on the rear axle to give you the best traction and stability possible.
Make sure your replacements have a greater than or equal load-carrying capacity than the original tyres provided by the manufacturer.
It’s not recommended that you fit tyres with different speed ratings, but if you do, make sure that each axle is fitted with tyres of the same speed rating.
Check your vehicle’s owner manual and follow the recommendations about tyre replacing from the manufacturer, as handling may be affected by a change of tyre size or shape.
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