3 EASY STEPS TO ENSURE YOUR TYRES ARE SAFE
Have you ever been to a petrol station that doesn’t have a tyre inflating area? We’re guessing not. That is because checking and maintaining your car tyres should AT LEAST be as often as filling up your vehicle with fuel. Gas stations understand how tyre maintenance greatly impacts you and your passengers’ safety on the road.
Keep in mind that your tyres are technically the most tired part/s of your vehicle because they are the ones that are in direct contact with the road. It is just proper that we never neglect them. And apart from making you safe, doing religious tyre checks can also help in fuel efficiency and eventually save you money. Experts say that it is best to check your tyres EVERY TIME YOU GO FOR A RIDE. Fortunately, doing this is piece of cake. Even if you aren’t the mechanical or car enthusiast-type, you can easily do that in less than 5 minutes.
Check the AIR PRESSURE – Probably the easiest and most basic of all steps here. Improper air pressure is the number one enemy of our car’s tyres. Just remember to do this when the tyres are not hot. Results can be inaccurate because rubber expands in heat. But should you really need to check it in hot weather, make sure you do it before taking long drives. If you do not know what’s the correct PSI for your tyres, look for the manufacturer recommendations for tyre inflation. They are usually found at the sides of your car near the driver’s seat, and door. Make sure your portable gauge is working properly. If not, you may run to your nearest petrol station, as you can easily inflate them right then and there once they don’t have that enough air pressure.
Check the TREADs – The tyre tread depth is vital as it helps your vehicle have a firm grip on the road. Tyre tread depth has to be at least 1.6mm, always. If it’s below that, it’s time to get your car a new set of tyres. Apparently, checking it is also a breeze. Most of the tyres now have their own tread wear indicators. In every tyre’s main grooves, there is a small bar that runs across the tread. Those are your indicators. Should your treads be of the same level or lower than those bars, then your tyre isn’t safe for the road anymore. If you find it challenging to locate those indicators, you may use a ruler or a coin to see if the tread depth is still within the limit.
Check for DEBRIS & DAMAGES – Because tyres are always in contact with the road, they are most susceptible to tears, cuts, scratches, and other damages. Remember that no matter how small the debris or damage you’ve found, it still has an effect on your tyres. Remove stones and other matter that might get stuck in your tyre treads. Yes, it’s normal. But it will affect your tyre’s pressure and can even lead to puncture or tear. If you see a cut, budge, or deep scratch, it is recommended that you have it checked by a professional vulcanizer, to verify your tyres are still safe on the road. If you also notice uneven wearing (one-sided, distributed, center only, sides only) it can either be an inflation or alignment problem.
Since most of these steps require less effort, all it takes is your time and diligence. If you truly understand how vital is your tyres’ health, neglecting or forgetting to check them is near impossible. And once you’ve already seen a sign that your tyres are all worn out, don’t delay replacing them. Doing so will put you at risk.