Tyre Truths: How To Ensure Tyre Safety
These Checks And Tips Can Prolong The Life Of Your Tyres!
- Wheel balancing – Regularly
- Tread depth – Every 10 000km
- Tyre pressure – Bi-weekly when tyres are cold
- Wheel alignment – Annually or every 10 000km
- Rotating tyres – Every 10 000km
- Tyre treads – Monthly
- Improperly balanced front wheels can cause wear of the steering mechanism.
- Don’t forget to check you spare tyre and keep at the correct tyre pressure.
- Driving with worn tyres on wet roads is dangerous.
- Good quality tyres have tread wear indicators, which indicate the life of the tyres.
- Driving with just one under inflated tyre can increase your fuel consumption by as much as 4%.
- Incorrect inflation affects steering, acceleration and braking (including ABS).
- Tyre pressure is only accurate when a vehicle has been stationary for at least 3 hours.
- Look after your tyres and you will reduce the impact of fuel emissions into the atmosphere.
- Blow out risk is increased on hot days and can be lessened by correct tyre pressure and not overloading the tyres.
- An overinflated tyre rides only on the centre of the tread – this reduces grip and handling.
- Tyres lose pressure when temperatures drop. Without enough air, the sides of a tyre bend and flex, increasing rolling resistance which increases fuel consumption.
- Look inside your vehicle owner manual for recommended tyre pressure.