Why Checking Your Tyres Regularly is Important

If your car has worn out tyres, the effect of your braking system makes little difference to your vehicle’s braking force; your car is likely to slip when you need to promptly apply your brakes. Furthermore, if your vehicle sports tyres with non-existent tread, they most  likely qon’t disperse water safely and as a result your car will start slipping and sliding when it starts raining. Lastly, if your tyre pressure isn’t correct, your tyres will wear down quicker, which can lead to any of the abovementioned safety issues. What also deserves mention is that if your tyre pressure is low it can seriously affect your fuel efficiency.

Check your owner’s manual to find out what the correct tyre pressure is for your vehicle and watch out for these signs of tyre deterioration:

  • Cracks,
  • Deep cuts,
  • Bulges,
  • Distortion of the tyre tread,
  • Separated or perished rubber,
  • Any other signs of damage,
  • Vibrations through the tyres when you drive,
  • Persistent loss of inflation pressure.

It is recommended that you change your tyres immediately if you notice any of these signs.

Ensuring that your wheels are perfectly aligned is also important, because if your wheel alignment is out, the integrity of your tyres will be affected.  Your tyres will wear down unevenly and their lifespan will be significantly reduced.

How do you know your wheel alignment is out? Watch out for these signs:

  • Uneven or rapid tyre wear,
  • Pulling or drifting of the steering wheel when driving on a straight, level road.

All tyres should  be replaced after 45 000km or ten years after their manufacturing date. Even if your spare tyre has never been used, it is also advisable that you replace it after 10 years.

Considering that you share the road with other drivers, making sure that your vehicle is in perfect working order is not only important to ensure your safety, but theirs as well. At the end of the day, being a responsible road user comes down to three things:

  • Adhering to the rules of the road
  • Having car insurance
  • Making sure that your car is in tip-top shape

By following road rules and making sure that your car is in good condition, you are taking charge of your well-being and that of your fellow motorists. Having car insurance  also ensures that you are held accountable for your actions should you find yourself in an unfortunate situation.

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