How much do you remember about tyre maintenance from your driver’s education class? I bet you don’t remember much. Most courses cover the rules of the road, not how to maintain a vehicle. As a new driver, there are many things to learn. Taking care of your car is one of those things. Let’s start with the one part of your vehicle that touches the road, your tyres.Flat Tyres & Maintenance
That’s right, your tyres are the only part of your vehicle that actually touch the road. That makes them an important safety feature, a factor in fuel economy, and a crucial part of your vehicle’s maintenance. I want to make sure that you can take care of your tyres and make them last!
Know how to check your tyre pressure! Low tyre pressure is the leading cause of tread damage, blowouts, and premature wear. To check your tyre pressure all you need is a tyre pressure gauge. Check your pressure by removing the cap from your valve stem and inserting the gauge. Most tyres have a recommended pressure of 30-35 PSI. If you want to be sure; check your owner’s manual, the sticker on your door jam, or look up the pressure recommendation for your specific tyre. If your pressure is not within the recommended range you should add or remove air to reach proper inflation.
You need to know when to have routine maintenance performed. Your tyres should be rotated on a regular schedule. Your owner’s manual can give you a suggested maintenance routine or you can ask your local auto mechanic for advice. Tyre rotation involves moving your tyres and wheels to different positions on your vehicle. This will allow your tyre tread to wear down evenly. It also gives your mechanic a chance to double check your tyre pressure and take a quick look at your brakes.
Tyre maintenance plays a big role in maximizing tyre life but no tyre will last forever. No matter how well you take care of your tyres or how you drive, your tyres are affected by time. Natural oils in rubber will evaporate over time causing cracks and damage. Tyre maintenance is about keeping tyres safe and making them last longer. If your tyres make it hazardous to drive, it’s time to get them replaced.