Common Mistakes to Avoid Damaging your Tyres
Whether you drive everyday or use your car sparingly, your need to ensure your tyres are well maintained to get the most out of them. You spend good money to keep your car on the road, so it is essential that your tyres are treated with the same care. Too often, car owners forget their tyres need attention, which can result in expensive tyre replacements and damage repairs. To ensure your tyres are gripping on the road, we’ve listed the best ways you can look after them.
KEEP THEM INFLATED
Sounds simple, right? Well it is, but too often, we get clients visiting our tyre centres with dangerously low tyre pressure. Not only is this a driving hazard, low tyre pressure puts enormous stress on your vehicle. This includes:
- Increased petrol use
- Decreased power steering
- Pressure on the suspension
- Braking difficulties
- Loss of grip on the road
To avoid any unnecessary visits to your mechanic, it is important to regularly check your tyre pressure levels. A good rule of thumb is to check the pressure levels at least once a month.
NOT ROTATING AND BALANCING
To get the most out of your tyres, regular rotation intervals are essential. A tyre rotation can include swapping your rear tyres with the front tyres or vice versa.
Ensure longevity by inspecting your tyres every 6 months to make sure the tread is sufficient and traction is not impeded. Furthermore, when you do have your tyres rotated, be sure to have a wheel alignment too. Not only will your tyres keep better traction on the road, you won’t encounter any nasty swerving.
DRIVING ON BAD ROADS
Unfortunately, not every road user is going to drive on smooth, re-surfaced roads. However, if you can, avoid bad roads whenever possible. Of course, this isn’t always an option, especially if it is the only road you can use. If that is the case, always drive just under the speed limit and try to avoid hard braking. This is particularly important where there are road works and those with significant potholes and unevenness.
FIT THE RIGHT TYRE
Much like tyre inflation, fitting your car with the tyre size, is vital to the longevity of your tyres and the health of the tyre. If you are not sure of the size, it is best to speak to a tyre expert. Not only can we fit the right tyre size, but we will make recommendations as to which tyre is ideal for your vehicle make. If you are looking to upgrade your wheels and want a bigger tyre, we will make sure your new tyre is suitable for our car.
Of course, the best way to ensure your tyres last as long as possible is to speak to your local Tyrepower expert. With over 205 locations around Australia, you can be confident knowing your new tyres are of the highest quality. Get in touch with us here!