According to research, nearly 11,000 drivers were handed penalties for driving with defective and unsafe tyres fitted to their vehicles in 2016.
Well-maintained tyres are a primary requirement for safe and efficient driving. Keeping your tyres in a healthy state isn’t that much of a time or money consuming procedure. If you know when and where to look, the task gets even more straightforward.
Here are some of the ways you can have a better performing, longer-lasting set of tyres Harrogate.
Keep your tyres properly inflated
Properly inflated tyres exert a better grip on the road. It is recommended to check tyre pressure every month and every time before you go on a long trip.
Over or under-inflated tyres can lead to premature tyre wear and a reduced lifespan of your car’s tyres.
Don’t confuse the tyre pressure mentioned on a tyre’s sidewall as the recommended tyre pressure. It is the maximum amount of inflation your tyre can handle. For exact tyre pressure for your car, check your owner’s manual.
Note: Don’t check your tyre’s pressure immediately after you’ve driven your car. Give them at least a couple of hours to cool down to facilitate the exact readings.
Wheel balancing prevents your car’s tyres from any premature wear. Whenever you replace your car’s tyres or rotate them, ask the experienced technicians of HG Motors to perform wheel balancing Harrogate.
Tyre tread depth
Inspect the tread depth of your car’s tyres regularly. If the tyres are worn out, replacing them is the best option. Some tyres can be retreaded, but experts advise against such practices. The minimum legal tread depth for a tyre is 1.6mm. If the tyres wear out beyond this mark, they lose traction and grip on the road.
It is crucial to understand when a tyre needs a repairing. For instance, if your car’s tyre has a puncture or a slow leak, have a tyre specialist to remove the tyre from the wheel and check it thoroughly. A tyre specialist can assess the actual damage and determine the best course of action.
You need to rotate your car’s tyres at every servicing to maintain good tread depth and even wearing. Front tyres wear more in front wheel drive vehicles. On the other hand, rear wheel drive vehicles will wear its rear tyres more quickly. That’s why regular rotation of tyres ensures even wearing and increases tyre lifespan.
Tyres may lose their proper alignment with regular usage. Misaligned tyres can cause steering wheel vibration and uneven tread wear. Therefore, consult a tyre specialist to inspect the alignment of your wheels once every 6 months or when you perform a tyre rotation.
Regular inspections and constant looking after can improve the performance and the lifespan of your car’s tyres in Harrogate. However, tyres older than 5 years need to be inspected by a tyre specialist at twice once a year.