Tyre Care Guide

Posted: Friday February 28 2020

By: Guest Blogger

Ok so it might not be the most exciting topic or top of your to-do list but tyre care is critical to ensuring keeping you and your family safe on the road. We all check our oil as we know the damage it could do to the car to neglect, so make sure you're doing the same with your tyres, it could save your life. Read our tyre care guide.

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Tyre Care Guide

The technology, of course, has advanced and the automotive sector has evolved to a great extent and lots of cars now carry alerts to let you know when your tyres have issues. But good tyre maintenance can save you time and money along with the stark warning that if our tyres are not good enough, then we are a danger on the road to our passengers and other road users.

At Osset Tyre House we have put together some information to help you with your tyre maintenance and keep your family safe.

Tyre Pressure

Tyre pressure is vital to the handling, steering breaking, in essence, keeping your car safe on the road. Low pressure in your tyres can mean on a wet day your tyres could lose grip on the road, over-inflated and loss of traction and poorer braking distances along with quicker wear on your tyre. So check your tyre pressure once a month is just good tyre practice. Most petrol stations with will have a free air pressure machine so take the extra 5 minutes to check your tyres.

What is the right tyre pressure for my car?

Check your car manual or have a quick look at the inside of your door car sill. Or check out tyresafe for your tyre pressure for your make and model.

What does PSI stand for?

In simple terms, PSI is a unit of pressure measurement measured in pounds of force per square inch of area. It stands for Pounds per Square Inch

When do I check?

So you may automatically think that tyre pressure is something you need to place close attention to in the colder and wetter months, but make sure you check just as much through the warmer months. Once a month is a good rule of thumb.

 

Check your tread depth

Tread is essential in assisting the breaking of your car and the speed that break happens. Tyres that have worn down or have bald patches will not grip the road at the all-important time of breaking. So make sure you keep an eye on your tyre tread.

The legal tyre tread depth for cars in the UK is 1.6mm across the central three-quarters of the tyre, according to law. Not abiding by this can land you a fine of 2.5k and 3pts on your license for each bald tyre. Or worse still not be there when you need to break in an emergency.

Rear Tyres

If you want complete control, you have to fit your new tyres to the rear axle. This will give you better control in emergency braking and help you have a smooth drive when roads tend to get slippery. Your car will not lose its control on wet surfaces.

 

Check tyre valves and tyre caps

Your tyre valve cap will seal air and also prevent your tyres from dust particles. Always make sure that the seal is airtight and this will help your tyres extend their life to a great extent.

Tyre repairs

You can never predict the accurate time to service your tyres or get repairs. But what you can do is check your tyre surface for any unnecessary bulges or uneven surfaces. Continuing to use old tyres will only make it difficult for you later and leave you at risk on the road. Unsure what tyres you need to order just check online with us.

If your worried about anything with your tyre care, its always best to call your garage. For more information on your tyres visit our website or call us on 01924 2741 081.

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