Perhaps unknown by many people, but thousands of accidents each year can be prevented just by keeping your tyres well maintained.
As the seasons change, hazardous weather means that you can be at a greater risk if your tyres are not kept in top condition.
1. Is your vehicle fitted with the correct tyres? It may sound obvious, but it is important to check your handbook to make sure you have the correct tyres fitted. If you don’t have your handbook available, your car dealership should advise you on the correct tyres for your vehicle. Always fit a tyre to the same specifications of the original tyres.
2. Keep your tyres inflated to the legal MRF Tyres Dealership requirement. Under inflated tyres causes excessive wear and will also increase fuel consumption. Drivers should check their tyres over regularly, looking for cuts, scratches or bumps to the tyre wall and uneven wear which may have affected the inflation of the tyre. You should ideally check your tyre pressure when they are cold, your recommended inflation rate will be in your handbook. When you’re tyre is inflated correctly your vehicle will handle better, be more comfortable and have a longer life span. If your tyres are under inflated it will reduce the vehicles road handling and ability to cut through water. The tyre’s carcass will also be forced to deal with more stress and strains than it was designed for. On the other hand, over inflation will wear your tyres out quickly, which means you will have to have your tyres replaced more regularly- making it more costly in the long run.
3. Home checks – checking your tyres can be done at home, and most problems you can find just by looking at and feeling the tyre. You should look for cracks, bulges, scratches and splits in the tyres. Objects such as nails and stones can also cause damage if they have pierced or embedded into the tread. Even if you think a nail or stone hasn’t done any damage, sometimes a tyre can be damaged without you knowing or being able to see it. If you do find a problem with a tyre, you should contact your local dealer or garage to get the tyre repaired or replaced immediately.
4. Caps – sometimes tyre pressure can be lost through loosely fitted caps that may not have been correctly attached to the valve. By tightening the tap you are insuring that you won’t lose any pressure. Damaged or worn caps should be replaced.
5. Alignment – incorrect wheel alignment can result in rapid uneven tyre wear and can affect the handling and safety of your vehicle. Wheel alignment- set by the manufacturers of your vehicle- provides a comfortable and smooth ride. These settings can often be affected by excessively worn steering and suspension parts, driving against a kerb or hitting a pot hole. This is an in essential part of keeping your tyres in their best condition; this should be checked regularly by a specialist.
Matt Robbins – Online Manager of Halfords Autocentre (previously Nationwide Autocentre) have more ATA trained mechanics than any other independent garage group being the UK’s leading provider of Tyres, MOTs, car servicing and repairs across the nation. For all other enquiries, call 0800 096 4216.