Did you know that tyres play a vital role in influencing a car’s mileage? However, mileage is not your primary concern. Worn tyres can cause serious safety issues that cannot be stressed enough.
Hence, it is crucial to maintaining your tyres just like you take care of your car engine. Worth mentioning, maintaining does not necessarily mean replacing your tyres. The average car tyre is supposed to last 20,000 miles. But the only way you can ensure they do is providing proper maintenance to them.
Here are some of the ways how you can keep your tyres healthy and ensure ride safety.
- Check your tyre tread depth
In the UK, the legal tyre tread depth is 1.6 mm. Without such a tread depth, you will not be able to pass the MOT in Totton. Further, you may be even fined up to £2,500 for maintaining the same.
However, fines and test failures must not be your prime cause of distress. There are multiple other reparations to below-par tread depth. For instance, your car will be more prone to aquaplaning, i.e. the build-up of water between the tyres and road when driving in wet conditions. Aquaplaning reduces your tyres’ traction translating into less control.
- Tyre rotation cycle
Tyre rotation cycles can be of these 4 types:
Tyre rotation means interchanging tyres across the wheels. On an average, front tyres wear at least 1.5 times faster than the rears irrespective of the drivetrain. Rotating the fronts for the rears helps to maintain even wear on all fours. Doing this will help you get the best possible longevity from the whole set. The average distance before which you should rotate your tyres differs with manufacturers. The general acceptance is around 8,000 to 10,000 km.
- Ensure your tyres are inflated properly
Driving with improperly inflated tyres will result in loss of fuel efficiency. Moreover, your winter tyres in Totton can damage easily and reduce the control you have over your car.
Your car manual will indicate the right pressure that your tyres require. You need to check your tyre pressure once every month. Furthermore, you must inflate your tyres before going on a long drive.
- Align your wheels
There are 3 types of wheel alignment:
Caster alignment aligns your wheels with the axles. A positive caster occurs when the axle tilts towards the driver, and a negative caster occurs when the axle tilts away from the driver.
Camber alignment is where your car tyres are perpendicularly aligned with the road. A positive camber is when the tyres are bending inwards, and a negative camber happens when the tyres are bending outwards.
Toe alignment makes your tyres parallel to each other. When seen from the top, a toe-in occurs when your wheels are pointing inwards. A toe-out happens when your wheels are pointing outwards.
Bring your car to garages like Totton Tyre & Exhaust to for a proper wheel alignment. They also provide other services like brakes servicing, wheel balancing, puncture repair, etc.
Follow these tips mentioned above, and you can make your car tyres last longer than ever and also make your journey safer.