As we have said previously on our blog, your tyres are literally your only contact with the road. This makes them one of the most important safety (and performance) features of every single vehicle on the road out there. When last did you inspect your tyres?
Tyres should be inspected often, here are some common faults to focus on when inspecting you tyres:
- Check tyres regularly for punctures, penetrations, cuts and bulges.
- Check tyres and rims for any accidental damage after impacting with potholes/curb stones or other obstacles in the road.
- Check tread depth on all tyres and replace well before they reach regulatory minimum depth of 1.00 mm to reduce the risk of aquaplaning on wet roads.
- Vehicle wheel alignment should be tested at regular intervals to obtain even tread wear and maximum service life.
- Missing valve caps should be replaced, since they are there to prevent dirt from clogging the valves, which could cause a loss of air pressure.
- Tyres, brakes, shock absorbers and rims should always be checked when servicing the vehicle.
- A worn steering mechanism, ball joints and wheel bearings will also reduce tyre life.
- Irregular tyre wear can take various forms. Depending whether it is one-sided, tread-centre or inner/outer edge wear you may need to adjust the pressure on the tyres or even the camber.
- Irregular bald spotting. Known as cupping, this is usually caused by worn shock absorbers, worn suspension bushes, or even loose wheel bearings.
Tyre speed ratings do not imply that vehicles can be driven safely at the maximum speed for which the tyre is rated, particularly under adverse road and weather conditions. If you suspect any damage to the tyres - consult a tyre expert!