How To Check Your Tyres

Tyres are one of the most important components of any vehicle, so making sure they’re in good condition is vital if you want to stay safe out on the road. If you’re wondering how to check your tyres, read on – here are three simple steps to make sure your rubber is up to the task.

Tyre pressure

The air pressure inside a tyre keeps it inflated and helps it to maintain its shape. Too much or too little pressure will alter the shape of the tyre, reducing the size of its contact patch on the road. The result? Less grip, less precise steering, worse fuel economy and worse tyre wear – hardly a desirable set of consequences.

Make sure the air pressure in your tyres matches the recommended pressure listed in the car’s owner’s manual.

Checking the sidewall

Have a look at the sidewall of each tyre and see if you can spot any tears, cracks or bulges. If you notice any, make sure you get the tyre checked by a professional as soon as possible. Damage to the sidewall isn’t repairable, so if there’s a potential safety concern you’ll have to fork out for a new tyre.

Checking the tread

Tyres are required to have a minimum tread depth of 1.6mm, which you can check using a tread depth gauge. Anything less than that is not only illegal (and an MOT failure), but dangerous. It’s advisable to replace your tyres before the tread gets as low as 1.6mm, as the less tread on the tyre, the less water it’s able to displace. This means you’re more likely to experience aquaplaning and reduced grip in wet conditions.

As well as checking the tread depth, check how evenly the tyre is wearing. Is there more tread on one side of the tyre than the other? This could indicate that your tracking is out, or that you’ve been driving around with the tyre incorrectly inflated.

Seek professional advice

If you’re not confident enough to check your tyres yourself and want a professional opinion, speak to the experts at Vital Vehicle Care. As trusted mechanics, we can inspect your tyres and replace them if necessary – all for a price you can afford.

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