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Do you try to save money wherever possible? Does this extend to looking after your car tyres and keeping the costs down there too? Or do you just take your car tyres for granted and never really think about it?
Taking good care of your car tyres can actually help make them last longer, and save you money in the long run. Not only that, but healthy car tyres are important for keeping you safe while driving, as they are the only thing keeping you connected to the road, so it’s vital to keep them in good working condition.
Here are some simple tips to keep on top of your tyre care the right way.
- Make sure to keep the correct tyre pressure
Over-inflated tyres can make it difficult to handle your car on the road and over-inflated tyres can overheat, so it’s important to maintain the correct tyre pressure, which you can usually find on the inside of the driver’s door, and in your vehicle handbook.
Maintaining the right pressure helps to wear the tread evenly, so they last longer, whereas incorrect pressure can lead to uneven tread, meaning you need to replace sooner.
The correct tyre pressure also helps with better fuel economy, which helps your wallet as well as the environment.
You should aim to check your tyre pressure monthly, and always before taking any long journeys. Make sure the car is cold when you check the pressure, as the heat from driving can increase the pressure a little.
- Don’t overlook the health of your tyres
The grooves and surface of tyres, known as the tread, need to be in good condition, otherwise the grip on the road is compromised and you will be more exposed to an accident. One of the best things you can do is keep an eye on your tyres and if something seems wrong, get a normal inspection from a professional.
You need to replace your tyres before the tread depth reaches the legal minimum of 1.6mm across the central breadth and circumference of the tyre. Not doing so leaves you at risk of a fine and points on your license, as well as the risk of accident.
Also check for any cuts or lumps in the tyres, particularly if you’ve been involved in an accident, or had to do any heavy braking, as this can have an effect on your tyres even if there doesn’t seem to be damage to the car.
- Find the right tyre provider
Make sure to find a tyre provider that is both reliable and supplies good quality tyres. You want to find quality tyres at good value prices. You should be able to find good tyre fitters in your local area, for example, Point S dealers are a good choice to select new tyres in Birmingham – just book online.
- Check your braking system
Issues with the braking system can also negatively effect tyres too, as without proper acceleration and braking, your tyres will have to work harder. Don’t delay getting new brake pads or discs fitted when required as it could end up costing you more in the long run, as well as compromising safety.