Well maintained tyres are critical to your safety on the road, but can often be an overlooked area of your car. Poorly maintained tyres can cause excess wear and tear, which results in more expense in the long run. Tyres that aren’t roadworthy are not only dangerous, but also illegal. Fortunately, there are some basic tips to keep your tyres in tip top shape!

How to Keep Maintained Tyres:

1. Tyre Pressure

Properly inflated tyres will help reduce your fuel economy, increase the safety of your vehicle and extend the life of your tyres. It is recommended to check them monthly, or weekly of you drive a lot, and always before a road trip. To find the correct tyre pressure for your car, look under the bonnet or on the label inside the door. Ideally, the pressure should be checked when the tyres are cold because heat causes air to expand. If the tyres are hot, or you are carrying a heavy load, you should add around 4 PSI to the recommended pressure to help with the extra strain on the tyres.

2. Check the Tread

Tread depth is essential for braking and water dispersion, and helps to reduce the risk of aquaplaning. New tyres will generally have 8-9mm of tread and the legal minimum of tread is 1.5mm. However, it is recommended replacing tyres once the tread gets down to 3mm. Tyre wear is increased with hard breaking and uneven road surfaces. Tread wear indicator bars, placed at regular intervals on the tyre, will be level with the tread blocks when the minimum tread is reached.

3. Wheel Alignment

If you notice a wobbling in your steering wheel, or that your car is drifting to one side of the road, your wheels could be out of alignment. Wheel alignment is aligning the wheels and axles so they can go in a straight line. Proper wheel alignment can ensure your car handles better, stops vibration, helps fuel consumption and reduces premature wear and tear.

4. Tyre Rotation

Tyre rotation involves moving tyres’ position on the car to ensure even wear and tear and extend their life. Front tyres carry more of the car’s weight, and usually wear out twice as fast as the rear tyres. In vehicles with less weight at the back (like Utes and station wagons) this is even more evident. Manufacturers’ recommendations differ, but a tyre rotation roughly every 8,000km is a safe guide; even if you don’t notice any obvious wear.   At Burleigh’s Mobile Mechanic we take your family’s safety seriously; which is why we check your tyres in every service. If your vehicle is in need of maintenance, or you have any concerns with any part of your car, give our friendly team a call today. Like our Facebook page for handy tips and monthly specials.