Looking After Your Tyres

Tuesday, 15 June 2010
Your car’s tyres are critical to the vehicle’s overall performance and to your safety. So you need to make sure that you look after them.

Here are a few tips to help ensure that your tyres are kept in the best possible shape.

• Tyre pressures need to be checked weekly- the air pressure in the tyre will dictate how well your car performs and how long the tyres will  last. It’s normal for tyres to lose air through the rubber so regular tyre checks are essential.

• You need to check the tyres with an accurate tyre pressure gage. Visually checking the tyres from the outside isn’t good enough.

• Heat will alter the pressure, so tyre pressure checks should be done when the tyre is cold (i.e. not after a long trip)

• Remember to check the spare as well.

• The correct tyre pressure for your vehicle is shown on the tyre placard or in the vehicle owners hand book.

• Make sure that the valve caps are fitted. These help to keep foreign matter out of the valve itself.

• If you notice any tyre damage, have it inspected by a tyre specialist as soon as possible.

Finally, you’ll need to ensure that your car’s wheels are correctly balanced and aligned. Incorrect wheel alignment will greatly reduce tyre life by tearing off the tread and causing it to wear unevenly.

Drive Safely
Russell White - Managing Director Driversafety.com.au

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