Tyre Safety Checks that Could Save Your Life
Tyres are a major component of your vehicle no matter what car, van or motorcycle you drive. It’s no surprise then, that poorly maintained tyres are the number one cause of road traffic accidents in the UK. This is a great shame because, as we will show you, simple tyre checks and maintenance take no time at all and increase your safety on the road tenfold.
23,350 people were seriously injured on UK roads in 2016.
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To give you confidence in basic tyre maintenance procedures, Tyres Northampton have compiled a list of tyre checks. We’ve also given advice on what to do if you find your tyres are in sub-optimum condition.
1. Tyre Pressure
The correct tyre pressures for your vehicle are clearly marked on the sidewall of each tyre. If you find one of your tyres is underinflated or overinflated, then this tyre will be causing premature and hazardous wear to the tyre tread. Furthermore, if the tyre is significantly under-inflated, it will cause the vehicle to use much more fuel than is necessary.
- Ensure your tyres are cool or cold. If you have driven over two miles, the tyres will have expanded due to the heat.
- Check your tyres and your vehicle manual for the correct tyre pressures. Your front and rear tyres may have different recommended pressures so make sure to check both.
- Remove the valve caps on each tyre by unscrewing them.
- Set the required pressure on the machine. Use the arrows until the correct pressure is shown on the digital display.
- Attach the pump nozzle to each valve in turn. The nozzle should not be making an uncontrolled hissing noise. A short sharp hissing at intervals is normal and means the tyre is being pumped up correctly.
- Remember to rethread each valve cap onto the valve stems. This simple little cap protects the valves from muck and debris that would otherwise damage the tyre.And that’s it. Your vehicle will now benefit from the optimum tyre pressure and you’ll notice better handling and improved fuel economy.
And that’s it. Your vehicle will now benefit from the optimum tyre pressure and you’ll notice better handling and improved fuel economy.
Don’t forget to check the infographic for quick tyre pressure facts:
2. Tread Depth
One way of checking your tread depth for (almost) free, is to use a twenty pence coin. Take the coin and place it into each central tread groove in your tyre. Repeat this for every tyre on the vehicle.
If the tread obscures the words engraved on the outer band of each coin, then the tread is above the legal limit. However, if you can see any part of the words engraved in the outer band, then your tyres are likely to be below the legal limit and need to be checked by a professional.
3. Wear and Tear
It’s natural for tyres to wear as they are a high-impact component that must withstand varying conditions and forces. Extreme cold in winter, heat in summer, and frictional heat are just a few.
However, more serious forms of wear and tear can spell disaster, so tyres must be checked regularly. Bulges, gouges and tears are very serious and often lead to tyres blowing out while the car is moving. To avoid this scenario, find out more about the different kinds of wear and tear by reading our post on Types of Wear and Tear.
Or check out some tyre safety awareness campaigns, such as TyreSafe and VisionZero.
Tyres Northampton supply, fit and check tyres for every make and model of vehicle. If you are unsure about any aspect of tyre safety and would like a professional tyre fitter to check your tyres for wear and tear, be sure to contact us today. We’re the premier tyre centre for customers in Northampton, Corby, Milton Keynes, Rugby and the surrounding areas. We’re always happy to help keep you safe on the roads.
The tyre pressure facts infographic was provided by Continental Tyres.