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Checking your Tyres

Most car owners are aware that the wrong level of inflation in tyres has a detrimental effect on performance and overall car balance. Here are a few simple tips to keep a regular check on your tyres’ condition and managing its inflation level.

Checking tread depth

Keep a regular check on the tread depth of your car tyre since a worn tyre loses grip on the road. This may turn out to be dangerous on wet roads as the car’s stopping distance increases and the case of you skidding also increases.  Since the legal minimum depth of car tread is 1.5 mm it is safer to change tyres when tread depth falls below 3 mm to avoid skidding or hitting another car in wet weather. You can check for tyre tread depth by looking at its tread indicators in the middle which are on same level with tyre tread when it reaches its minimum depth. Also remember the 20p trick.

Checking for external damage

Besides regular wear and tear, tyres have to deal with the all kinds of debris on the road. Materials may get embedded in the tyre leading to cracks and tears. Under such circumstances, take your car tyre immediately for repair and refill. Some damage can be repaired by a properly trained mechanic.

Importance of tyre pressure and inflation

If any of the tyres have less pressure, the driver’s car handling capability decreases.  An under inflated tyre will have its outer edges dragging along the road leading to reduced tyre life and will also increase fuel consumption. If tyre pressure is too low it can also lead to a blowout. It is therefore advisable to check your tyre pressure on a fortnightly basis.

Checking worn treads

Sometimes you may notice that some part of the car’s tread are more worn out than others which may lead to worn out patches or cups and dips in the tread. In general these issues occur when tyre is over inflated or out of balance leading to erratic wear.

Take you tyres to a reputable garage and ask them to inspect your tyres. Depending on the condition of the tyre, they may suggest wheel rotation or wheel balancing or wheel alignment to ensure that you are safe while driving.

Replacing Your Tyres

 Your tyres are responsible for safety, stability, braking, handling, fuel efficiency and comfort attributes for your vehicle and so need to be in the best possible condition. Drivers should constantly look for signs of wear and tear and also know when the tyres need to be replaced.

 

Check your tyre regularly- at least once a fortnight. It is better to be safe than sorry! 


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