Easily one of the most important parts of any car is its tyres. After all those four black, round, rubber tyres are the only thing between you and the road. Tyres keep you safe when you are on any journey and most importantly if you have a family and children they are keeping them safe as well.
This is why we need to make sure that we keep our tyres in absolutely tip-top condition by making sure we care for them properly.
Of course we are always looking for a good offer when it comes to buying tyres and if you are looking for quality service and tyres in the Basingstoke area then try Headley Tyres. It is the place to go! Basingstoke is of course the headquarters of the AA (Automobile Association).
There are of course many things you can do to make sure your tyres are cared for properly. Here are a few tips that will keep your tyres in the best condition for their entire life and give you trouble free motoring as far as your tyres are concerned.
1. Air Pressure
The importance of having the correct air pressure in your tyres cannot be emphasised enough. It will make sure your tyres last longer and give you a safe drive on any journey. If the tyre pressure has gone down there is usually a reason for this. There could be a nail or a screw that is causing the tyre to deflate slowly or a faulty tyre valve. This is something that you should check quickly. Tyre pressure should be checked at regular intervals.
2. Tread depth
The law on tyre tread depth is 1.6mm and that is right across the centre of the tyre. You can buy a tyre depth gauge which costs very little, but are handy to check the tyre depth on a regular basis.
It’s also important, especially as tyres nowadays have very wide profiles so you have to get down on your hands and knees and check the tyres on the inside to make they have not got any bald patches or edges.
It’s also worth noting that if the front tyres in particular have bald edges, but good overall tread there could be a problem with the wheel alignment of the car. This is an issue that can easily be solved as most tyre shops such as Headley Tyres offers an electronic wheel alignment check and can ultimately make you safe, but also save you money so you are not changing your tyres prematurely.
3. Checking for any external damage
Checking for any external damage to the walls like cuts or lumps in the sidewalls is very important. If you find any it’s important to get the tyre changed immediately otherwise you face the risk of the tyre blowing out on a motorway journey which of course could have the worst case scenario of injury or possibly even death. While you are checking your tyres for external damage it would be worthwhile checking to see if you can find any screws or nails embedded in the tread.
4. If in any doubt visit a tyre dealer
If you have any doubts over your tyres and condition it is always worth going to a local tyre dealer so they can cast their expert eyes over them and give their advice on the condition of the tyres.
So these are my tips for looking after your tyres and making sure you are safe on every journey you make.
Do you have any safety tips for the care of your tyres? I would love to hear in the comments below.
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