Despite being one of the main components of every car, checking the tyres is something which gets neglected by many motorists. Did you know that out of a total of 2,855 casualties caused by defective vehicles in 2013, dangerous tyres were cited as a contributory factor in 968 cases? It gets worse, out of 43 deaths on the road from vehicles with defects, 18 of those deaths were caused by illegal, defective or under-inflated tyres.
Here are a few things to check before you set off to make sure your journey is safe;
– Make sure there are no tears, gouges, scars, lumps or anything else that doesn’t seem natural for a tyre to have
– Make sure that your tyres are pumped up to the vehicle’s manufacturers recommended pressure. This may not apply when out off roading.
– Is the tread depth still above the legal limit? Tread below the legal limit could get you in to serious trouble, and will also give you less grip.
Getting the right pressure in your tyres is vital, and here’s why. Keeping your tyres inflated to the recommended amount can lengthen the life of your tyres, improve the handling of your vehicle, and can give you a better fuel economy (depending on how you drive of course).
Going back to a previous point, tread depth must be at least 1.6mm on each tyre. If you have less than this, make sure you go and get your self some new tyres. A vehicle with 1.6 mm of tread will stop eight metres after a car with a tread of 3mm travelling at 50mph in wet conditions, that eight metres could be the difference between having an accident and not having an accident. Below is a video by on how to check tyre tread depth.
You can always swap your tyres round. This is a common thing for motorists to carry out, especially front wheel drive car owners. If the tread is getting a little low on the front, and still have plenty on the back, you can always swap them around. This is because on a FWD car, the power is delivered to the front wheels, and you also have to turn with the front wheels. Therefore it is only natural for the front tyres to wear out much quicker than the rears.
Another tip to help keep your tyres healthy is to swap them for winter tyres when the colder months hit. In the winter months, you will find people driving more cautiously and you will find yourself stop/starting and braking much more, and with summer tyres fitted it will take you longer to stop – putting more pressure on those tyres. However, with winter tyres, they’re designed to work in temperatures under 7 degrees centigrade. This means that the rubber will not harden, and not wear out as quickly. Winter tyres are also much safer than their summer counterparts, with stopping distances shortened by 8 metres when braking at 30mph on snow, and by 11 metres when braking at 30mph on ice.
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