While travelling around the city one avoids a lot of discomforts when he owns a car. Cars are a comfort that we buy to save time, travel smoothly, and for many more such reasons. This smooth driving and comfort is something that can be lost within a matter of seconds if you don’t maintain your car well. While there can be a number of reasons because of which you might face trouble, in this article, there are all the things you need to take care of to avoid tyre issues.
Tyres are like shoes to your car; they are the point of contact between the car and the road. Not checking your tyres regularly or their improper maintenance can lead to a situation of life and death. It is easy to think that the tyres are in good condition. However, you might be unaware of the issues unless you especially look for them.
The grooves on your tyres are known as treads and are responsible for gripping your road in different conditions. There are special tyres that are made to be driven in different conditions, for example, summer tyres are designed for driving in summer and rainy season, whereas, winter tyres are the best for driving in winter.
Check your tread depth to make sure they are more than 1.6mm as it can be a safety issue, and is also illegal to have. Driving a car with tyres below the required tread depth can get you fined up to £2,500, and you’ll receive three penalty points on your license per tyre.
You can do the ‘20p test’ to know the depth of your tyres, where if the outer band is visible, after inserting the coin in the groove, it’s better to change your tyres soon than be sorry later.
Tyre pressure is the amount of air present in your tyres. Incorrect amount of it, be it more or less, can damage your tyres. It can also be a safety issue as both under and over-inflation can reduce handling as well as braking capacity.
To avoid this, keep your tyres inflated up to the required amount of air for your car. To know the manufacturer’s recommendation, refer to the sticker for the exact figures for the same. This sticker can be found at the driver side door of the car.
Wear and Tear
Check your tyres for any irregular wear and tear. Check them for punctures, bulges, insertions, and cracks on the sidewall. Use your hand to feel around the circumference of the tyre to find these flaws. If you spot any of these, it’s advisable to get it checked at the hands of a professional and replace them if necessary.
Wheel Alignment and Balancing
You might have heard of these terms, but the absence of its need might’ve barred you from knowing more. However, when talking about tyres, one should never forget about these two.
Wheel alignment is the adjustment of the tyres and the road surface, wherein the two are at a 90° angle and also parallel to each other. Get your alignment checked on every service or sooner if you feel a loss in control of your car. If your car tyres are worn-out irregularly, or if your car pulls to one side when you’re driving, then it’s time to go for an alignment check.
Wheel balancing is the process that eventually enables your car tyres and wheels to move without vibrating. The balancing process is done by checking the tyres and wheels for any heavy spots. If found, it is counteracted by adding a balancing weight on the other side of the tyre.
If your tyres show scalloped or cupped shape wearing, it could be the result of an imbalance in the wheels. It can also be identified by a vibrating steering, or if you notice vibrations from under your seat or the car. In any of these cases, you should visit a tyre expert soon for a check-up of your tyres.
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