Tyre maintenance is an important, and often overlooked, requirement that every car owner needs to fulfil while owning and driving a car. Regular tyre maintenance will increase the longevity of your tyres and will ensure that your tyres are safe. This article offers advice on how to maintain your tyres on a regular basis.
Regular tyre maintenance tips
There are several tyre maintenance procedures you need to follow to ensure that your tyres offer the best performance possible and are safe to use. Here are six routine tyre maintenance procedures that you need to be aware of.
Check Tyre Pressure
Check your tyre pressure on a regular basis and make sure that your tyres are inflated to the correct pressure. Refer to your owner's manual to check what tyre pressure is suitable for your tyres. Maintaining the correct tyre pressure will help reduce fuel consumption and excessive wear on your tyres and reduce the chance of tyre failure (blow-out). For an accurate tyre pressure reading, check your tyre pressure when the tyres are cold.
Check Tyre Tread
Check the tread depth on your tyres on a regular basis. All tyres have tread wear indicator bars moulded into the tread. When the tyre tread becomes level with these bars it's time to replace your tyres. If your tyre's tread depth is less than 1.6mm, you should have them replaced. Never drive on worn or smooth tyres as this drastically increases the chance of tyre failure which could lead to a serious accident.
Make sure your tyres are correctly balanced whenever you have your tyres changed or repaired. Unbalanced tyres cause premature and irregular tyre wear and can damage your vehicle's suspension. If you feel vibrations while driving you need to have your tyres balanced correctly.
It's important to have your wheels and steering components correctly aligned to prevent premature and uneven tyre wear. Have your wheels aligned when you change or repair your tyres. Alternatively, you should check your wheel alignment after every 10 000km. If you notice uneven tread wear on your tyres, take your car to a professional tyre service centre and have your wheels correctly aligned.
Rotating your tyres extends the life of your tyres and should be rotated between 5 000 km and 10 000km. Rotating your tyres on a regular basis will ensure that your tyres wear evenly and will make them last longer.
If your tyres get damaged or are punctured, avoid fixing the problem yourself. Take the tyre to a trained professional who will properly assess and repair the tyre damage. Avoid driving into kerbs or other objects that may damage your tyres.
Safety comes first and tyre maintenance is of paramount importance if you own and drive a car. Conduct regular tyre checks to ensure that your tyres are safe to use. If your tyres are worn out, replace them immediately.