The tyres on any vehicle are the only part of the car that comes into contact with the road, something that many people forget. Taking care of your car tyres is extremely important, they can change the way your car feels and are also an essential part of the safety of the vehicle. Here we tell you a few of our tyre car care tips to keep your car in tip-top shape.
Why do I need to think about tyre car care?
Keeping your tyres in good condition is a vital part of your home car care maintenance. It can be illegal to drive with tyres that are classed as non-roadworthy. Throughout this article, we are going to go through Ben and Lenny’s top tyre car care tips to ensure your tyres are safe.
To ensure even wear and tear it is recommended you rotate the tyres on a regular basis. Tyres on the front of the car tend to take more weight which means they wear a lot quicker often twice the amount of the rear tyres. Most car manufacturers recommend having your wheel rotated from around 5000 to 6,500 miles. Rotating the tyres does a great job of evenly distributing wear and tear but also gives the tyres a longer life-span.
Tyre pressure should be checked regularly, having sufficiently inflated tyres protect your vehicle against damage and reduces the possibility of any spin outs or tyre punctures. Tyre pressure can also affect the fuel economy of your vehicle, with low tyre pressure you car is more likely to guzzle up petrol/diesel.
You should be checking your tyre pressure every month; we recommend getting a tyre pressure gauge which you can keep in your car. If you are taking a long car journey, it is also recommended to check your car tyre pressure before you set off.
To find out the right tyre pressure for your car take a look at the inside of the driver’s door. Here you can find the tyre pressure shown in KPI’s for both front and rear tyres. If not on the door it will be located in your manufacturers manual, we always recommend checking before you fill up as more often than not both the front and rear tyres take different tyre pressures.
Tyre tread is designed to remove water from beneath the tyre; this will help prevent yours from hydroplaning. If you car hydroplanes it often means your car skims over the water, therefore, making the driver lose control. Tyres are bound to wear out over time; this can often be affected by the way the way you drive such as driving in high-speed and braking hard.
The minimum tyred tread is 1.6mm however in the winter the minimum tyre tread is recommended 3mm. The tread is measured from the depth over the face of the tyre that comes into contact with the road. One of the easiest ways to check if your tyre tread is legal is by looking at the indicator bars located at certain points across the tyre. Alternatively, take a look at Tyre Safe who can inform you on how to check your tyres.
4. Wheel alignment
Depending on where you drive, you might be more prone to driving over potholes. Unfortunately, over time your wheels can become out of alignment. Not only does it ensure your car run to its optimum capacity it also keeps the car safe.
Wheel alignment in Milton Keynes essentially means the wheels are rebalanced to protect the tyres against any premature wear and tear. If your car wheels are not aligned properly, it can also have a significant impact on your suspension.
5. Repair and replacement
It is important that as soon as you feel your car tyres are not meeting road safety, you should take it to your local garage to have the wheels changed. We highly recommend never putting this off as it can cause a wide range of issues in the long run not to mention you can be pulled over by the police. When you take your car to a professional, they not only change the tyres but will inspect the condition of the bearings, wheel alignment and will ensure your car is completely roadworthy before letting your drive away.
Eventually, you will have a time where you will need to replace them and maintenance won’t help with the lifespan of the wheel. A few factors can affect the way your tyres deteriorate including the way you drive, suspension issues with the car and finally how long you have had the tyres.
As previously mentioned, tyres do deteriorate over time. Usually only lasting around 5 years per tyre, this means maintenance is key to making your tyres last longer. There are a number of tell-tale signs to ageing tyres these include fading of the black rubber and also cracks appearing on the sidewalls of the tyre.
While ageing is something, you cannot actually prevent there are a few things you can do that will help slow down the process. Parking your vehicle in a garage when not in use prevents it being affected by the elements as well as controlling the temperature of the tyres. Also do not drive fast if you do not have to, driving at high speed can increase the rate of which your tyres bald.
Why keep on top of maintenance
Unfortunately, if you are caught with tyres deemed illegal, you could be facing up to three points on your licence as well as a rather hefty £2,500 fine. This also isn’t a one of for all tyres; you could receive the points and fine for every tyre on your vehicle that is not roadworthy. If you are a newer driver and have only been driving for two years, you could receive up to six points on your licence; you can also have your licence revoked. If this happens, you may have to take both your theory and practical test again.
Always stay on top of your car tyre maintenance not only are you making your vehicle safer you are also prolonging the life of your vehicle. Tyres can be expensive especially if you are replacing more than two at a time. By staying on top of maintenance, you may also experience better fuel efficiency on your vehicle not to mention a smoother drive.