You shouldn't underestimate the importance of good tyres. Keep your tyres in great condition, replace them regularly and you will not only get the best performance from your car, you’ll be saving money and get optimum performance in dangerous situations which could save your life and the lives of those travelling with you.
So how do I know if my tyres are in good condition or need replacing?
1. Regularly check your tyre pressure
Check your tyre pressure ideally once each month and when the tyres are cold. Underinflated tyres will give you less control over your car, increase braking distance and will cause your tyres to wear out faster. If you are not sure of the tyre pressure for your car, check your manual, search online, or ask your tyre replacement company
2. Get regular wheel alignments
If you hear any unusual sounds or if your car starts to vibrate, make sure you get your tyres balanced and a wheel alignment performed. Something as simple as hitting a pot hole in the road or hitting a kerb with your tyres, can knock them out of alignment and cost you money. Even if you don’t it’s a good idea to have your wheels aligned and your tyres balanced every 10000 kilometres.
3. Know your tyre’s optimum pressure
You can find out all you need to know in your cars log book. T’s important to know the optimum pressure for your tyres as under inflated tyres will give you less control and increase your braking distance. It will also cause your tyres to wear much faster and cost you more money in fuel. Over inflated tyres too are just as dangerous. They reduce the grip, braking is less stable and you can have less control. Check your car’s tyre pressure and get the best performance from your tyres.
An under-inflated tyre will wear more heavily on the outer shoulders of your tyre, while an overinflated one will wear more in the centre of the tread.
4. When is your tyre worn out and in need of replacement
Tread wear indicators are set in regular intervals in the tread grooves around your tyres. When your tread is worn flush with the tread wear indicators it’s time to replace them. Experts suggest you should not get to this stage and replace your tyres before then. The legal requirement is 1.5mm between the tread. If you have any questions about your tyres you should ask a local business to assess your tyres for you.
5. Don’t forget the spare tyre.
Your spare tyre is out of mind out of sight until you need it. If you get a puncture, you’ll need it fast and if it’s not in good condition, getting mobile again, could take longer than you had planned. It’s always a good idea to know if you have a full size spare or a Temporary use spare (TUST). In Australia where we travel long distances, it’s a good idea to have a full size tyre and get it checked when your other tyres are checked or replaced. If you do need to use a space saver tyre (Temporary use) make sure you get your car to your local tyre repairer for repair or replacement as soon as possible.