We all know how important a good set of tyres are – and ensuring they’re able to keep doing their job safely and effectively can come down to a few simple checks and balances! Let’s take a look…
- When was the last time you checked your tyre pressures?
Checking your tyre pressures is vital to ensure they are correctly inflated and appropriate to the load you are carrying. This should be done at least once a month, but preferably every couple of weeks, when your tyres are cool and always before a long trip.
- How do I know what my tyre pressures should be?
These can usually be found on the panel on the inside of the driver’s door, as well as in your owner’s manual.
- What’s the big deal anyway with having the right tyre pressure?
Having your tyres inflated at the correct and optimal level for your vehicle is not only important for safety reasons (including good grip), but it will also help ensure more even wear and fuel efficiency. Both too much and too little air can impact the tyre’s ability to perform safely.
- How much tread do my tyres need?
The minimum legal requirement for roadworthiness of passenger vehicles is 1.6 mm in the UK, however it is recommended you have at least 3mm tread on your tyres.
- So how do I check the wear of my tread?
Small rubber blocks called “tread indicators” are situated at intervals across your tyres. When these blocks are level with the rest of the tyre, your tyres will need to be replaced. This check can be done by at any time just by looking at the tyre – however, sometimes you may need a tyre expert using specialised tools to do an exact measurement.
- When do I need to get my tyres balanced?
If you notice your vehicle vibrating or pulling to one side, it is advisable to get your tyres balanced. You may particularly notice this after hitting a pothole or curb or when you have been driving off-road.
- Should I rotate my tyres?
Rotating your tyres can help to ensure even wear. However, it is important to note that not all front and back tyres are interchangeable, so make sure yours are suitable to be rotated before going ahead.
- Does my driving style affect my tyres?
Driving aggressively and braking sharply can put additional pressure on your tyres, as well as causing them to wear unevenly and quicker than they should!