An essential feature of car maintenance is to keep your tyres in top condition, as it is both dangerous and illegal to drive your vehicle with tyres that are non-roadworthy. If you look after them in the correct manner, they will perform well until they need to be replaced. If you discover that your vehicle isn’t handling well, braking correctly, or has extreme vibration, it could be time for a visit to your tyre maintenance dealer.

Tyre Rotation

The front tyres on your vehicle tend to wear out more quickly than those on the rear, as they carry more of the vehicles weight and do more of the steering. By rotating them frequently, the tyres will ensure more even wear and tear. Recommendations vary from Car Manufacturers, but rotations at around every 10,000 kms is advisable. If you regularly carry heavy loads, drive long distances or at high speed, more frequent rotations may be advisable.

Tyre Pressure

Incorrect tyre pressure may not only put your safety at risk, it will also wear out your tyre sooner, affect your car’s fuel efficiency, braking, turning and handling. We recommend that you check your tyre pressure at least monthly and more frequently, if you drive for extensive distances or you’re planning a long journey. If you don’t know your correct tyre pressure, check in your vehicle’s manual or a note located inside the fuel flap. It’s best to check the tyres when cold, or you will need to increase the recommended pressure values by adding 4 to 5 PSI.

Depth of Tyre Tread

It’s vitally important to check the tyre tread on all 4 tyres to diagnose any possible problems. Over time, wear and damage to tyres can be caused by high speed driving and hard braking practices, by driving on irregular road surfaces and even by the design of the tyre itself. Having tyres with worn treads means that the only contact spot between the road and you is past its best; you won’t be in total control of the car and are at risk of aquaplaning in wet weather. A tyre must be replaced when the tread has worn, even with the tread wear indicator that runs across the grooves of the tyre thread, marking the minimum allowable tread depth. Replace your tyres before they reach the minimum depth.

Wheel Alignment

Problems with wheel alignment may be caused by excessive wear to suspension or steering components, by driving into a pothole in the road, or by hitting a kerb. It could be that you’ve noticed that when driving in a straight line your steering wheel doesn’t sit in the correct position, or perhaps you’ve noticed a rise in fuel consumption. Wheel alignment will not only increase your safety in the car, but will ensure that your vehicle handles at its most advantageous level, saving you fuel and protecting the tyres against premature wear. If you notice that your tyres “wobble” at higher speeds, or spot uneven tyre wear, it’s likely that your wheel need to be re-balanced and the problem rectified.

Repair and replacement

How quickly your tyres wear out, are damaged or need replacing depends on various factors, but should you have any doubts regarding their road-worthiness, its best consult a specialist motor vehicle maintenance company. Their trained technicians will comply with manufacturers’ and legal requirements as well as checking the overall condition of the tyre, inside and out, while meeting the regulations for removing and replacing the tyre, to ensure that it is fitted to achieve the best possible performance.

For optimum vehicle performance, ensure that you carry out essential tyre checks on a regular basis and replace the tyres when required.