Are your tyres safe and how should you know?
When was the last time you inspected your tyres? It’s easy to forget about your tyres. Perhaps you only think to inspect them each time you get your car serviced, but it should be more than that.
A few things to think about:
- Maintaining correct tyre pressure
- Monitor your tread depth
- Regular alignment and balancing
- What to do if you are driving on unsafe tyres
Tyre maintenance is essential to the safety of yourself, your passengers and even other road users. After all, your tyres are the only thing connecting your vehicle to the road surface below. A safe tyre allows you to corner, brake and accelerate effectively.
Here, we take a look at some of the regular checks and maintenance that will help to ensure that your tyres are safe. Tyre safety and the overall condition of your tyres may become increasingly important when it comes to planning long haul trips or if you do long distance driving for work.
Maintain correct tyre pressures.
It may seem pretty obvious and yet, most people don’t take the time to regularly check and maintain recommended tyre pressures.
Instead, they wait for something to happen, such as visibly noticing that a tyre that looks deflated. This can be extremely dangerous. By the time a tyre looks deflated, it is likely very deflated. When your tyres are under inflated they can become overheated, which can lead to tyre failure.
Maintaining the recommended inflation pressures will not only ensure vehicle safety and performance, but it will also assist with tyre longevity.
Checking and adjusting tyre pressure is a relatively simple task, which you can do yourself. Alternatively, the experienced and friendly professionals at Tyrepower are available to assist.
Monitor the tread depth of your tyres.
The combination of correct tyre pressures and effective tread depth results in a well rounded and safe performing tyre. There is a legal tread depth here in Australia of 1.5mm. Anything below this depth and your tyres are not only deemed unsafe, they’re illegal.
Tread depth is important for many reasons:
- Expels water (which greatly assists to avoid aquaplaning)
- Grips road surfaces
- Enables effective cornering
- Assists in effective braking
Most tyres on the market have tread depth bars or depth indicators. These indicators will be reached once the tyre has worn evenly to the minimum tread depth. The bars can be found on the deep longitudinal grooves running parallel with the wheel.
You can also measure the tread depth of your tyres using a tyre tread depth gauge. You should measure the outer and inner sides of the tyre, as well as the middle of the tyre to obtain an accurate measurement.
Adhere to recommended wheel alignment and tyre balancing services.
A safe tyre is an aligned and balanced tyre. It’s necessary to have your new tyres aligned and balanced once fitted to the car. It's also a good idea to have them checked after long distance driving or after you may have come in contact with a few nasty potholes.
When you maintain regular wheel alignments and tyre balancing, as outlined in your owner’s manual, your tyres should achieve even wear, which greatly assists in tyre longevity.
You have unsafe tyres - what next?
Bring your Vehicle to Mandurah Tyrepower.
If you’re concerned about the state of your tyres, or your mechanic has advised you that your tyres are worn, bring your vehicle in to see Mandurah Tyrepower for a free tyre safety check. If we see anything suspicious such as old or damaged tyres, we’ll provide you with some options, including a free tyre quote.
We offer a wide range of tyres to suit most makes and models. You can visit our workshop at 104 Pinjarra Road, Mandurah WA 6210 today or contact us by calling (08) 9535 2087 to book your vehicle in.