Looking after your car tyres is much more important than most of us realise, and the type of tyre you use can make a big difference. But what is the best way to do so? Here are some tips to help you along the way.
It is vital that you check your tires regularly for any damage, and to ensure that they are inflated properly. It is also worth checking for embedded nails, glass or other sharp objects, because these could cause serious damage if driven on. If you have a puncture, it should be fixed immediately because driving on a flat tire for too long can ruin your tire and possibly even cause an accident.
Inflate your tires correctly
Make sure that when you are driving, your tires are at the correct pressure levels as recommended by the manufacturer. This will help stop uneven wear and tear on them, which means they won’t need to be replaced as often. Here is how to guide for more information.
Rotate them regularly
It’s also important that you rotate your tires periodically, especially if they are different sizes or worn in different ways. The front tires take the most wear during normal driving conditions, so they may need replacing longer than others.
Keep them cool
It’s important to keep your tyre pressure at the recommended level. The hotter the weather, the more you’ll need to inflate your tyres. Some cars have a dial on the dashboard that shows you the recommended tyre pressure and it will be different depending on whether your car is front or rear-wheel drive. That said, it is recommended that you check your tyres at least once a month. If there are any subtle changes in the way your car handles when you’re driving then this is a sign that something isn’t quite right with one or more of your tyres.
Check for damage
Checking for damage regularly is key to maintaining your tyres’ longevity. Any cuts, cracks or bulges can lead to failure so checking them regularly will help to keep you safe. If you’re unsure where to begin, it’s worth taking your car into a garage where an expert will be able to advise you on what steps to take next.
As with other parts of your car, tyres do eventually wear out and will need replacing. You could try and repair them but if they’ve been worn down too much then this might.