Correct maintenance of tyres will increase safety for yourself, your passengers and the occupants of other vehicles, as well as reduce the overall running cost of your vehicle.
Tyres that are inflated to the vehicle manufacturer’s recommendations will give optimum grip and handling of the vehicle and reduce fuel consumption. Regular checks of your tyres can help to increase their life span and save unnecessary premature replacement.
The tyre placard, fixed in a front door aperture or in another accessible part of your vehicle, specifies the vehicle manufacturer’s requirements for wheel and tyre combinations, air pressure, load capacity and speed rating.
Here is our checklist of the top 10 tips to help maintain safe, economical tyres:
- Legal tread depth minimum is 1.5mm. When the tread reaches the level of the tread depth indicator, it is time to replace the tyre.
- Check the air pressure at least once a month, or more if your vehicle travels high kilometres, and ensure they are inflated as recommended on the tyre placard. Tyre pressure may need to vary according to driving conditions and load.
- Ensure caps are fitted to tyre valves to prevent the entry of dust that may allow air to escape.
- Remove objects such as stones which may have become embedded in the tread.
- Check for irregularities such as cuts or bulges and if found have the tyre checked by a dealer for internal damage.
- Have a wheel balance and or alignment performed annually, if tyres are wearing unevenly, if there has been severe impact with a kerb or pothole or when replacing tyres.
- Tyres can be rotated to maximise their life span, but check with the manufacturer’s requirements and a tyre dealer as some tyres are directional and may only be changed from front to back.
- Minimise excessive and erratic braking or acceleration to reduce wear.
- Ensure tyres do not impact with the kerb when parking.
- Remember to check the pressure and condition of your spare tyre at the same time.
Replacing Your Tyres
Ensure tyre replacement occurs as soon as it becomes necessary. When replacing tyres you do not necessarily have to retain the same type of tyre that was originally fitted to the vehicle as long as the tyres are an approved alternative. The driving and road conditions particular to your vehicle should influence your choice of tyres. The most expensive is not always the best choice for your vehicle.
Proper maintenance should ensure safer driving and prolong the life of your tyres.