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Tyre Care this summer: Five tips to make sure

Thursday, 22 January 2015 5:21:30 PM Australia/Sydney

In case you have forgotten, tyres are the only means of contact between your vehicle and the road. Therefore, taking care of your car tyres’ quality and performance is an aspect of utmost importance for ensuring the safety of you and your vehicle. Here are some tips for keeping your tyres in good condition.

  1. Continually check Tyre Wear and Depth

    For the safety of you and your loved ones, always check the tyres for tread depth. If less than around 2 mm tread depth, consider replacing the tyre before going for a long trip. Timely replacement will guarantee maximum traction and grip and give you confidence in the handling and braking ability of your vehicle. To be precise, a tyre must be changed before the tread depth reaches 1.6mm. Many tyres are equipped with indicators, helping you to detect tread wear and the appropriate time to change the tyres.

  2. Keep a tab on Tyre Pressure

    Correct tyre pressure not only improves a vehicle’s balance but also fuel efficiency. In addition, it protects the tyres from premature wear and irreversible damage. Keep an eye on your car’s tyre pressure monthly and before any long journey. To avoid inaccurate tyre pressure readings, only check tyre pressure when the tyres are cold.

  3. Balancing

    Balancing is important if you’re serious about saving your tyre from premature wear. Wheel balance is not only required whenever you replace a tyre, it is also recommended whenever tyres are rotated. Correctly balanced wheels reduce suspension wear and vibrations throughout your vehicle.

  4. Wheel Alignment

    Wheel Alignment While driving, it’s difficult to detect incorrectly aligned wheels and axles and the most common symptom people complain of is the vehicle pulling to one side. An improper aligned wheel reduces fuel efficiency and increases tyre wear. Harsh contact with a solid object is enough to misalign your tyres. If you detect any such issues, don’t hesitate to visit a tyre specialist in your town.

  5. Tyre Valves

    A tyre valve is made of rubber and is susceptible to wear and tear over time. Therefore, it’s essential to replace them from time to time, usually when you replace your tyres. It is also not uncommon for tyre valves to be damaged from hitting gutters or objects on the road causing tyre pressure loss. Valve caps are important to seal for keeping the dust and dirt out of your tyre valves.

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