Every vehicle on the road is able to move with the help of tyres. Well-maintained tyres are vital to ensuring optimal comfort and safety while driving. That is why it's important for you as a motorist to ensure your car tyres are in good working shape before hitting the road. Failure to take proper care of your car tyres can result in irregular tyre wear, which will lead to bumpy rides but also put you and your passengers as well as other road users including pedestrians and fellow motorists in harm's way.
Here's what you can do to keep your car tyres in tiptop operating condition all the time.
Ensure your tyres are routinely inspected and serviced
As part of routine vehicle maintenance, you should ensure your tyres are checked by a professional mechanic. Tyre inspection involves checking your tyre tread depth and performing a series of performance tests to determine if the tyres are safe for travel. Some of the tests that will be performed include testing if the tyres are adjusted to the correct balance and if the wheels are properly aligned. If the results of the tests reveal that adjustments are required, your car mechanic will gladly offer to provide corrective action. By performing tyre balancing and wheel alignment, your car tyres will last longer, but also allow for maximum vehicle handling on the road.
Always maintain the right tyre pressure
Before you set out on any journey, it is important to ensure your tyres are correctly inflated. Proper tyre inflation minimises damage to your tyres, but also ensures optimal handling of the vehicle while on the road. Contrastingly, overinflated or underinflated tyres are more likely to wear down and require replacement faster than expected. What is more, they can reduce the performance of the vehicle and compromise its safety. That said, you should check your tyre pressure regularly. As a rule of the thumb, you should do so monthly. You can determine the recommended tyre pressure for your car by consulting your vehicle owner's manual.
Like many other parts of your vehicle, your tyres will need to be replaced when they reach the end of their service life. As good tyres do not come by cheaply, it is always a good idea to plan for tyre replacement ahead of time. A local tyre specialist can help you choose the right tyres for your vehicle if necessary.