Are Your Tyres Safe?
Making routine maintenance checks on your vehicle is a must to ensure it not only runs smoothly but also keeps you and your family safe.
Ensuring your tyres are always part of those checks is essential, yet studies have shown that tyres are one of the least checked areas of our vehicles.
Your tyres are what keep your vehicle on the road – with proper checks and maintenance, you can ensure safe driving all year round.
If your passenger vehicle was built after November 2014 it will have an inbuilt Tyre Pressure Monitoring System – TPMS – that will alert you if there are any tyre pressure issues.
If you don’t have TPMS then you can regularly check your tyre pressure at home using a tyre pressure gauge which can be bought for a few pounds. Ideally, tyre pressure needs to be checked when the tyres are cold as warm or hot tyres can give inaccurate readings.
Not having the correct tyre pressure can affect the vehicle’s speed, braking distance, cornering, tyre wear and overall safety. It also costs more in fuel and can cause the vehicle to emit more CO2 emissions, which in this day and age, isn’t something any of us wants to contribute to.
An alarming number of motorists only change their tyres when they’ve gone below the UK legal tread limit – at least 1.6mm throughout a continuous band in the centre 3/4 of the tread and around the entire circumference.
The tread is what helps your tyres stick to the road in wet weather; if the tread has worn away your safety will be severely compromised.
Worn tread can also cost you financially; illegal tyres can get you fines of up to £2500 and 3 points for each worn tyre. When you take that into consideration, replacing your tyres, with good quality tyres in Brentwood, before they wear down past the legal limit is much more cost-effective!
Be sure to do a thorough check before embarking on a long journey, especially if your vehicle will be carrying a heavier load than normal, for example, when going on holiday. Having a break down on the way won’t make a happy holiday for anyone.
Tyres are designed to wear evenly so if you have excessive wear in a particular area, it can be a sign of poorly aligned wheels.
Inspect your tyres at least once a week. Keep an eye out for any bulges or cracks.
Bulging in the sidewalls of a tyre can mean there are internal problems while cracks in the tyre can indicate a hardening of the tyre. This can occur if the tyre is subjected to extreme heat or the tyre degrading due to age.
If you don’t use your vehicle very often you may never need to replace the tyres due to wear, however, the rubber can degrade over time which will make the tyres unsafe.
Get Professional Advice
If you’re not sure whether your tyres are safe, you can always ask your local garage or tyre specialist to check them for you.
Keeping your vehicle well maintained will ensure your safety, the safety of your family and other road users.
This is a collaborative post.