October Tyre Safety Month

Important Checks & Tips

Tyre safety is an important part of any car maintenance regime. If your car’s tyres are not kept in good condition, then your car is not roadworthy and this could result in a fine from the authorities. More importantly, tyre safety means a reduced chance of being involved in a collision. If you want to keep your car’s occupants secure, then you must consider tyre safety as a top priority. October is tyre safety month, check your car tyres and make sure that they are safe. With this article we want to list down main aspects of tyre safety elements that should be taken care of and some tips to help you along
Tyre Age
Once a tyre has been ‘driven in’ from new, it should last a number of years. However, tyres will age more quickly if you do lots of miles. Furthermore, they will also age more rapidly if you drive on trackways rather than well-maintained roads with perfectly pristine asphalt. If your driving falls into either category, then you must consider age as a key part of tyre safety. Older tyres simply need to be replaced before they become a danger. New tyres must be compatible with your model of car by law although it is perfectly legal to drive around with different products from several tyre manufacturers. Remember that keeping your tyres properly inflated will help them to age less quickly because under-inflated tyres wear down more rapidly as you drive.


Tyre Tread

With all tyres, it is the tread depth that diminishes over time. Because tyre tread helps you to brake more rapidly, it is a crucial part of tyre safety. With a lower tread depth, you simply achieve less traction and cannot swerve or stop as quickly. By inserting a twenty pence coin into your tyre tread, you can tell whether your tyres are legal or not. If the rim of the coin disappears from view, then there is sufficient depth in the tread at that point. Remember that tyres wear down unevenly so you must check all parts of a tyre’s circumference to confirm that it is safe to drive on.

Worn Out Tyres

Along with tread depth, tyre safety comes down to other parts of wear and tear on your car’s wheels. All sorts of things can get lodged into your tyres, thereby rendering them less safe than they otherwise would be. For example, nails and screws are commonly found in tyres. Although you may not get a puncture with modern tyres, they will wear out as a result. If you see any bald sections of the tyre’s outer rim, then these need to be changed immediately. If you brake, even moderately in damp conditions, then you will probably end up skidding on balding tyres.

Cracked Tyres

Cracks in the side wall of your tyre are a sure sign that they are worn out and liable to suffer a blowout. When cracks occur, it is usually because your vehicle has been out in the sun and the tyres have been exposed to lots of ultra-violet rays. In addition, bulges can mean that the rubber composite of the tyre is on its last legs. A simple visual inspection with a torch is all that is required to spot these problems.

It is not difficult to keep these things in mind and check your tyres every once in a while. Spread the message and ensure that your friends & family are taking care of their tyres this October

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