A Great Time To Check Your Car Tyres
A Great Time To Check Your Car Tyres.
It is that time of year again when winter starts to approach. As the air temperature drops, drivers start thinking about getting their cars prepared for the change in seasons. One important thing that you need to do before the cold weather hits are to check the tyres of your vehicle. You might be surprised at how many people don’t know what a good tyre should look like or that there are different types of tyres!
This article will discuss why it’s a great time to check your car tyres as winter approaches and give an overview of tyre conditions and the hazards of driving with non-roadworthy tyres.
Why Are Roadworthy Tyres Essential?
If your tyres have low tread or are punctured, you won’t be able to stop correctly, which can lead to accidents and costly insurance claims. Worn tyre rubber also means poor grip in wet weather, meaning it is not a great idea to drive on them at all. Winter presents an additional problem for worn car tyres as snow and ice lead to slippery roads. This is why it is highly advised to check your car tyres.
If You Want To Check Your Car Tyres For Roadworthiness, What Do You Need To Look For?
Ensure that the tread on each tyre is deep enough. If it isn’t, replace the tyre immediately as missing chunks of rubber mean a loss of control and poor grip in wet weather conditions. Managing the roadworthiness of your tyres means checking the sidewall of each tyre for bulges, cuts and other signs of damage.
If you spot any of these damages, then the tyre/tyres will have to be replaced. You should also have a look at the age of your tyres to see if they need replacing. Most manufacturers recommend changing them every five years even if there is still tread on them, as rubber deteriorates over time.
What Should You Do If Your Tyres Are Not Roadworthy?
If your car tyres are unroadworthy or you are unsure of their roadworthiness, you can contact a D&R Tyres professional to book an appointment to have your tyres examined. For example, suppose your tyres are unroadworthy due to usual wear and tear or have a puncture. In that case, they will either need replacing immediately or repairing via a puncture repair service, depending on how severe the damage is.
What Should You Do If Your Tyre Pressure Warning Light Comes On?
A tyre pressure warning sign may mean that one of your roadworthy tyres has low air pressure – it will also usually tell you which tyre it is. You should always check your car’s tyres when the engine is cold, as this will give more accurate readings for pressure levels.
If a tyre has low pressure, then you must add air to it before driving off. Not doing this could result in damage to other roadworthy parts of your car and lead to an expensive insurance claim.
Why Should You Not Drive On Over-Inflated Tyres?
Driving on car tyres with too much air pressure is not illegal (unless they have been tampered with), but it can cause them to wear out quickly and unevenly – this will reduce the grip levels of your car. If one or more tyres have too much air pressure, you must get it checked by a local garage before driving off. They will adjust the tyre’s internal valves for free if they are causing problems with road safety.
What Should You Do If Your Car Tyres Need Replacing?
If your car tyres are worn out, then it is a good idea to replace them as soon as possible – this will improve traction and stopping ability when driving in wet, icy weather conditions. Also, if one of your tyre’s tread levels falls below a certain number (usually around 0.32mm deep), it will have to be replaced as soon as possible. This will ensure that you don’t lose control of your vehicle. You can visit D & R Tyres’ website for any information on how to check your car tyres or contact them directly for assistance.
Ensuring that you check your car tyres regularly is crucial for the safety of yourself, your passengers, and other road users. Checking your tyres should be a part of any car owner’s regular routine, and it is highly essential before the winter months when rain, ice and snow can make roads hazardous.
D&R Tyres is a tyre retailer that provides its customers with free advice on checking your car tyres for road worthiness. If you need to speak to us and have any vehicle enquiries, then contact us today on 01207 231123, and one of our team will be happy to help.