The tyres are a crucial part of your car and that’s why it’s such a shame that a lot of people neglect them. If you want to stay safe out on the road and lower your maintenance bill at the same time, then it’s time to get serious about taking care of your tyres.
Safety and financial savings aren’t the only benefits that a healthy set of tyres bring. You’ll also be able to enjoy greater fuel efficiency and a better overall driving experience.
So here are some excellent maintenance tips to make sure that your tyres last a very long time:
Always Check Whether They’re Properly Inflated
Under-inflated and over-inflated tyres can lead to disasters out on the road. When a tyre isn’t adequately inflated, it tends to sag. As a result, a greater surface area of the tyre comes into contact with the road, resulting in an increased amount of fiction. This ultimately means a much faster rate of wearing out and therefore an increase chance of a blowout occurring while driving.
Overinflated tyres aren’t any better. The increased amount of gas particles means that there’s too much pressure than the tyre can handle. In hot countries like Australia, it’s even more dangerous to have over-inflated tyres. This is because the heat provides more energy to the air particles which in turn means more collisions with the interior walls of the tyres. Again, the chance of a blowout increases significantly.
So how do you keep an eye on the level of inflation? The simplest thing to do is perform a visual infection. Check for signs of sagging and an unusual amount of wear on the tread. If you’d rather not depend on visual cues, we highly recommend getting tyre pressure sensors so that you can know the exact level of inflation at any given time.
Check Whether They’re Properly Aligned
When your tyres aren’t properly aligned the amount of contact with road is greater. Hence, again, the amount of wear on the tread is greater and you’ll find yourself having to replace the tyres sooner than necessary.
How do you check whether your tyres need to be aligned? The best way to do is check the pattern of wear on your tyres. Is it disproportionately more on one side than the other? In that case you’re most likely dealing with an alignment issue.
Keep A Pair Of Snow Tyres In Handy
If you live in a part of the country where it snows a lot, then it is best to keep a pair of tyres that are suited for them. Snow tyres have larger caps in the tread, which allow for greater traction when driving on snowy and icy roads.
By switching to these, you also elongate the lifespan of your ‘summer tyres’. This is because during the colder season, blow outs are much more likely to occur.
Tyres are a crucial part of any vehicle and taking care of them produces great benefits in terms of safety, driving performance and financial savings. Once you put these 3 tips to practice, you’ll be able to make sure that your tyres survive for years and years to come.