Maintaining your tyres is paramount for road safety. In order to get the most out of your car’s tyres, we’ve come up with our top 4 tips for how to look after your tyres.
Checking your tyre pressure regularly
Ensuring your car tyres are pumped up to the manufacturer recommended pressure is essential, especially to get the most from your tyres. Under-inflation is a common problem and will limit the performance if too low. It can affect the car’s handling as the rim can force the tyre sideways when cornering. Which, can lead to dislodging. It also leads to increased fuel consumption.
On the other hand over inflation can also cause problems too, such as unpredictable handling and accelerated centre tread wear.
Check tyre depth
Did you know tyre treads are designed to disperse water, meaning the tyre and the road maintains contact. Using tread as a grip. As tyres wear they reduce the volume of water they can disperse increasing risk of aquaplaning and loss of control.
In the UK if your tyre tread is worn your tyres can be classed as illegal and you can face fines and points because of this. Make sure that your tyres are fully adhering to the law. If in doubt check with a local mechanic. Alternatively, you can do the 20p test. If you put a 20p in your tyre’s tread and the outer band of the 20p is obscured then your tyre is legal.
Check tyres for damage
It’s important to carry out frequent visual inspections of your tyres. You may not always be able to feel the damage to your tyres when driving, but this doesn’t mean they’re always going to be safe to drive on. Punctures can be caused by nails and other items on the road. Ageing tyres can lose resistance to the effects of UV rays from the sun. This causes the rubber to crack and can fail, which could cause a blowout.
Leave it to the professionals
Mainly the previous point is therefore why you should always leave it to the professionals when it comes to tyres. So if you’re located in Scotland, Fife offers a wide variety of tyres online and at the centres. Book your tyres online in Stirling for free and get them fitted from your nearest branch of Fife Autocentre.