Your vehicle is your path to freedom and an easier commute to and from work. When you are using your car on a regular basis, be it for weekly pleasure trips or for daily travel to work and back, it can become easy to take your car for granted and to put off small maintenance tasks or neglect to book regular services.
But as your tyres age, the rubber can begin to dry out and become brittle. This can cause damage to the tyre wall, causing blow-outs, cracks and slow punctures to form. This can be very dangerous, especially if it should occur at speed, for example on a motorway.
Another issue with older tyres is that the treads can wear down to unsafe levels. Your vehicle’s instruction manual may tell you how to measure the treads: failing that, popping in to any service station is a quick and easy way to see if your tyres need changing or retreading. The tread is not, as many people think, to help your tyres grip on the road. Rather, tread helps your tyres cling to the road when it is wet. Therefore, always be especially vigilant with older tyres when the road surface is wet as you can more easily lose control under such conditions.
To prevent the risk of accidents, there are two things that you can do: regularly check your tyres, and replace them as recommended.
Regular maintenance should include looking your tyres over fairly often – once every week or fortnight, or more often if you travel on rough or poorly kept roads. Ensure that your garage includes a tyre check with every service, and take on board their advice about when to replace the tyres.
Replace your tyres as often as is recommended in your owner’s manual, and more often if you travel in poor conditions that will damage the fabric of the tyre. If in doubt, your garage will be able to confirm if your tyres need replacing or if they will last you until the next service.
Keeping your tyres in the best possible condition, no matter their age, is a good way to ensure your safety, and that of other road users. Poor condition tyres are not only hazardous to you and your family, they can also cost you money, causing the car to use more fuel as the friction against the road will be increased, more brake fluid as it tries to control the unwieldy vehicle and creating more wear and tear on the internal parts in the car. Buy Tyres online and get them fitted at Dundee Autocentre.
Be safe: pay attention to your tyres!