Did you know that simple visual tyre checks and careful cleaning can help you to prolong the life of your tyres and keep you safe on the road?
Visually inspect your tyres
It is important that you regularly check your tyres for any damage to the inner and outer sidewall.
The signs of damage you should look out for include:
Cracks – which are a sign of aging and can lead to a possible blowout.
Cuts – which can be caused from general driving damage and could be extremely dangerous.
Lumps and Bulges – which are formed following impact on the tyre and can rarely be repaired as this indicates that the structure of the tyre has changed.
If you do find any of these damages you should have your tyres inspected by a tyre specialist as soon as possible.
Clean your tyres
Effective cleaning can have a drastic impact on the life of your tyres as well as helping to improve braking, traction and the general aesthetic of your car. Investing in some specialist tyre brushes and a good tyre cleaner which will break down the dirt on your wheels and tyres will help you to maintain their life.
Repair your tyres
Undertaking tyre repairs is not as straightforward as it seems as there is often underlying damage to the tyre structure which you may not be able to identify. This is why you should take a tyre with any damage to be repaired by a specialist.
Replace your tyres
With regular tyre maintenance and careful tyre care you will be able to increase the life of your tyres. Eventually, however, all tyres need to be replaced as they wear out over time.
When you should replace your tyres:
- If you find any damage whilst visually inspecting your tyres as listed above.
- If your tread depth has fallen to the legal minimum depth of 1.6mm. You can find this out by checking your tread depth.
- If you can view your tread wear indicators which also means that your tread depth is insufficient.
- If your tyre has gone flat due to a blow out.
- You have large sidewall or tread punctures.
When replacing your tyres:
- Try to replace all four tyres at once.
- When replacing more than one tyre ensure that they are all the same type with the same speed rating unless otherwise specified in your vehicle handbook.
- Allow a running in period where you drive on dry roads at medium speeds for the first 100-200 miles to help the tyre to reach its intended level of performance and ultimately prolong tyre life.
If you have any doubts concerning the condition of your tyres you should visit your local PTA Garage Specialists as soon as possible where our specialists will offer a free tyre check and can give you any advice or guidance you may require.