Getting the Most Out of Your Car Tyres

Written by a Guest Blogger – Rob James is a blogger that specialises within the travel and motor industry. He is currently collaborating with http://www.cooperbmw.co.uk/ providing online advice and guidance to drivers and car owners.

Getting the most out of your car tyres is vital to ensuring that you don’t suffer any long term problems in terms of breakdowns and dangerous driving. A run down tyre can lead to serious imbalances when driving, and can put strain on a car’s suspension. Maintaining car tyres is fairly straightforward, and there are a few routines that you follow to make sure that they are in a working condition. At the same time, it is important to think carefully about how your tyres are affected by your driving, and about what should be avoided when dealing with your tyres.

1 – Improving Pressure

Check the pressure of your tyres on a regular basis, and look for under and over inflation. An over inflated tyre is particularly vulnerable to heat during the summer, and can stretch, tear and burst if put under the wrong amount of pressure. The correct tyre pressure is located on the tyre placard on the driver’s door jamb of the car.

2 – Tyre Balancing

You might find that the balance of weight and tread between your tyres if slightly off, a problem that is usually caused by rear and front wheel suspensions. A computerised four wheel imbalance program can make it easier to ensure that too much strain is not being placed on a particular set of tyres.

3 – Rotating Tyres

Another way to improve the balance and the distribution of weight between your tyres is to have them rotated on a regular basis at a garage. This procedure should be carried out every 5,000 miles, and simply makes sure that your tyres are rotated to prevent imbalances.

4 – Things to Avoid When Driving

When driving, try to avoid being too close to the curb, as this can result in tyre grazing and damage. Similarly, try to reduce fast turns on corners that can lead to wear and tear, and undue strain on tyres.

5 – Check for the Wrong Inflation

You should check tyre gauges to see if tyres have been incorrectly inflated, which can occur when you first buy a car, or when work is done to them. Although it is rare for professionals to wrongly inflate your tyres, it is worth checking if you feel there is a problem with your suspension and handling.

6 – Check for Wear and Tear

A simple tip, but one that should be followed in the summer when tyres can receive damage from road debris and heat, checking tyres for wear and tear means that you will be able to identify a problem before it becomes more serious.

7 – Check Wheel Alignment

A wrong wheel alignment can result in a poor tyre fitting. This problem is often created when alloy wheels are fitted, and can be easily avoided by checking wheel and tyre gauges beforehand.

8 – Have Spare Tyres

Another straightforward tip for getting the most out of your tyres, but one that should be followed, it is worth having a spare tyre in place if you are going for a long drive. A drive abroad can be made particularly difficult if you aren’t able to find the right tyre.

10 – Make Sure You Don’t Waste Old Tyres

It is possible to save some money on throwing out old tyres by looking into local waste collection schemes, with many companies able to strip and re-use or recycle tyres, rather than sending them to landfills.

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Michael Gray

Mike has roots in the automotive service industry. He began diagnosing and fixing cars at a young age in his family’s service station. He has worked in automotive parts supply stores, towing companies, and service facilities. After graduating from St. Cloud State University (MN) with a Bachelor’s degree, he implemented and taught a basic car care program at the high school level. During work on his Master’s degree at Illinois State University (IL), he was a curriculum specialist on a National Science Foundation project where he co-authored ten integrated mathematics, science, and technology books designed for team teaching. Mike has also supervised teachers in Career and Technology Education as a school system administrator.

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