Believe it or not, our tyre pressure, or rather its maintenance, remains one of the most underserviced elements of our cars, yet it’s one of the most important. Far too many accidents take place each year because of incorrect tyre maintenance, and that number increases exponentially if you live in areas that are prone to heavy rain or snow.
So with that being in mind, we’ve created a five-point check that you can do at home without having to vising your professional, but bear in mind if for whatever reason you feel in doubt – get your car to your nearest tyre centre, you can’t go wrong.
Tyre Checks to Undertake
Tyre Warning Lights
On newer vehicles, typically past 2008, you’ll have a tyre warning light on the dash. Depending on how new your car is or the manufacturer’s guidelines to your vehicles, that couldn’t differ. Still, it makes total sense to have your tyres checked as soon as the light comes on.
Low Tyre Tread
The easiest way to test this is to use to head of a match stick. The head must not stick out, this way, you know that the tread of your tyre is the correct depth and that you still have some time left before they need to be replaced. You can also do the 20p check as detailed on the RAC website https://www.rac.co.uk/drive/advice/tyres/checking-tyre-tread/
Wear on One Side
This is one of the most obvious signs of trouble as it probably means that your wheel balancing/alignment is out. Over time this will wear through the outer tyre causing the tyre to burst or blow out potentially at high speed. This could present significant damage to your car and also to other cars on the roads and should be checked out as quickly as possible.
Another more obvious sign that is oftentimes overlooked. Cracked tyres can overtime case very seriously damage as whilst driving they can often come off in “strips” and this could leave the car in a very dangerous position, in extreme cases this could cause sparks and flames to set off.
All cars vibrate, especially on rough roads. Even so, you probably know when something just feels “off.” If your tyre has a serious vibration, it is a warning sign that you have bigger issues than you think you do. It could be an alignment problem, or even a damaged suspension. If you notice too much vibration, bring your vehicle to your car garage as soon as possible.
This really is one of those, too late, is too late situations, and that the sooner you get it sorted, the sooner you can be back on the road.