Do you know everything about your tyres? By Jamie Doutt

January 14th, 2013 in Car Maintenance Tips

Correct Tyre Pressure 

Having the correct tyre pressure in your wheels is very important. Driving on those deflated tyres is the start of an accident. You can’t use the “I don’t know exactly what the pressure is!” excuse, as I know you can see them in the owners manal. If you under inflate your tyres, excessive heat, will build-up and destroy they tyres. Once you have inflated the tyre to the proper pressure you can realise a big difference with the handling of the car, it will drive much better down the bumpy road and cornering will be a lot smoother.

Did you know that if your tyre is underinflated by 20% then the tyre's lifespan can be reduced by up to 75%?

If you don’t have your tyres at the right pressure then it will cause damage and tyre wear, which if not done properly will result in loss of control and could end up, with you in hospital or worse. Therefore I would suggest that you check your tyres once every month.

Tyre Pressure needs to be checked when tyres are cold, so make sure you check them before you drive the car. Driving the car, even short distance will cause the tyres to heat up and air pressure to increase.

Driving on damaged tyres or wheels can be dangerous

Make sure your always look for bulges, cracks, splits, cuts, low tyre wear and penetration. Tyres contain "Wear-Bars" in the grooves of the tyre tread which show up when only 1.6mm of tread remains. At this point, your tyres must be replaced. Tyres worn beyond this stage are dangerous.

Do not overload your tyres

Driving on tyres that are overloaded is dangerous. The maximum load rating of your tyres is marked on the tyre sidewall. Do not go over these ratings because this will most defiantly lead to total destruction of your tyres.

Driving on studded snow tyres

If studded tyres are set up on the front of any car, they need to be installed on the rear. When you start to drive any car in the snow and ice the car is highly dependent on the traction of your tyres. Having the grip on your tyres will increase the handling around corners and will prevent you from skidding when you break. For the drivers with RWD cars to prevent your back end becoming uncontrollable you should have the same tread if not more.

You should also have your breaks looked at over the cold season to actually make sure you can stop when coming to junctions and what not!!

Jamie Doutt is a new blogger with a keen interest in anything to do with cars. He has a particular passion for road and tyre safety. If you want to find out more about tyre safety click here.