WHY IT IS IMPORTANT TO MAINTAIN YOUR TYRES
What you actually need to know about tyres.
Unfortunately tyres become old and it is not only about looking at how much tread is left on the tyre to ensure you don't get stopped and get a fine from the traffic cops. More importantly its about your safety and the family you are carrying around in your car. Tyres are made of rubber and rubber gets old especially in harsh conditions, and while you may think you can identify this by looking at the tyre, it is a silent killer lurking in the dark. While it may look fine the tyre can delaminate while driving and if it is a front tyre it could be disastrous. Tyres should be properly checked when 5 years old and changed especially if older than 10 years old no matter where the car was standing.
But what should you look out for with tyres?
Maintain proper inflation pressure in your tyres. ...
Maintain inflation pressure at the recommended level. ...
Don't spin your tyres excessively. ...
Check your tyres for wear. ...
Never fit tyres with less load-carrying capacity than required by the vehicle's original equipment manufacturer.
Check the speed rating on your tyre when making a new purchase especially if you intend to drive fast or have a faster vehicle ..... YES tyres have a speed rating. If you want more detail on this ask the manufacturer.
The amount of tread left on the tyre is the normal way that most vehicle owners will determine that it is time to change the tyres and some of you will actually wait until the tyre is completely Bald or the steel is showing through. Not the best practice as you will normally encounter a puncture before this point or even a blow out. Best practice is to change the tyre when 1mm of tread is left or a match stick lines flush with the tread.
DO NOT BUY RECONDITIONED RE -GROOVED TYRES!!
Manufacturers take a lot of time to develop tyres that are safe, adding the correct amount of rubber and steel layers to ensure your safety. While you can purchase a retread on a slower vehicle, you should never purchase a Re grooved tyre. This is done with an engraving type tool that effectively creates new grooves in the existing rubber, so you might as well be driving on bald tyres and while you might be ok in the rain and you might fool the traffic officer you have 2 big problems here-
- The rubber is probably old and has likely been lying in the sun in a yard
- You are now running on the inner layers of the rubber designed to protect you and your safety is compromised.
Saving a little money in these areas could kill you.
Last but not least always ensure your tyre pressure is correct. An underinflated tyre could burst while driving besides you will encounter excessive tyre wear costing you money. An over inflated tyre will also suffer pre mature wear.
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Till next time........