Quick check can make the difference
It seems like such a simple thing to do, yet most motorists are guilty of forgetting their tyres. No, not forgetting them at home, forgetting to ensure they’re ready to possibly save your life.
A quick check over once a week of your tyres can make all the difference, not to mention possibly save you a lot of money (up to $1,300 a year!).
Incorrectly inflated tyres will wear out quicker and make you use less fuel (or electricity if we want to get all 2017).
So, what should you be on the lookout for? Here’s our list of the Four Car Tyre Maintenance ‘Must Do’s” …
Under or over inflated tyres will affect car handling and grip; properly inflated tyres reduce running costs and increase tyre life.
Correct pressures can be found in the owner’s manual, or inside the driver’s door.
There are likely to be at least two recommended pressures – one for a light load and the other when fully laden, such as when travelling with family and all their luggage.
Adjust pressures when your tyres are cool.
Drivers with insufficient tread depth face longer stopping distances, reduced grip and an increased risk of aquaplaning on wet roads.
The minimum legal tread depth of car tyres is generally 1.5mm (though check your local state/territory requirements).
Tyres should be free from any cuts, lumps, bulges or cracking (such as shown).
If there is any doubt of a tyre’s roadworthiness, have it checked by a professional.
Spare tyres must be given the same checks in case there is a need to use them.
If you don’t have a spare, drivers should be familiar with the how to use the space-saver or emergency repair kit supplied with their vehicle.
Related: Car Tyre Care 101
Got any other tyre care tips? How often do you check your rubber? Let us know in the comments section below.