We at GR Tyres urge motorists to make regular checks on tyres, to ensure tread depths are sufficient, wheel alignment is done regularly and pressures are correct.
We rely on our tyres to keep us safe on journeys. After all, they provide the only contact between the car we’re driving and the road surface. In an extreme situation, correctly inflated tyres with good levels of tread will allow all the other safety systems on a car to work at their most effective.
Inadequate tread or incorrect pressure mean one thing: the safety systems on your vehicle will not work as efficiently. That’s why regular checks on tyre inflation and tread depth are so important.
Poorly inflated tyres
There are economy benefits from properly inflated tyres, too. After all, incorrect inflation increases the chances of damage to a tyre, and under-inflated tyres create more resistance on the road, leading to an increase in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.
10 simple tyre care tips:
1 Check the tread on each tyre on a regular basis, or bring it to us for a FREE assessment – every two weeks should be a minimum.
2 Carry out proper checks across the entire width of a tyre and around its circumference.
3 Check the depth of the main tread grooves in several places across and around the tyre.
4 Use a simple gauge to check tread depth. The legal minimum tread depth for a car is 1.6 mm across the central three-quarters of the tread width and round its entire circumference.
5 Don’t wait until a tyre reaches the legal minimum before changing it. We at GR Tyres recommend it’s time for a new tyre when the tread depth reaches 3mm.
6 Rotate your tyres every 8000 to 10 000km, ensuring you alignment is checked at these intervals.
7 Check for any cuts, tears, swellings and bumps. These could be caused by going through a pothole or hitting the kerb. If there’s anything to give you cause for concern, then get the tyre checked by an expert as soon as possible.
8 Check tyre pressure regularly – the correct pressure can be found in your vehicles driver manual. You may also find the pressure marked on the driver’s door pillar or inside the fuel flap.
9 Recommended tyre pressures change if you are carrying a full load or a lot of passengers. So make sure you use the right figure for the journeys you are about to make.
10 Don’t forget to check the condition of the spare tyre. Too often it’s the forgotten tyre until you suddenly find you need it.