We recommend that you should check the condition of your tyres regularly - at least once a month.
Why should you check your tyres?
Did you know that you are not insured when driving on illegal tyres? If you are involved in an accident and it turns out that you have been driving around on tyres with a tread depth lower than 1.5mm (legal limit) you could find yourself forking out a lot of money on repairs and fines.
Worn tyres significantly impede the performance of your car - low tread depths reduce the effectiveness of braking, steering, and acceleration, all of which are vital in staying safe. What are a few minutes put aside now to check your tyres, when you compare it to your own safety and that of your family?
What Should I Check?
Hyper Tyres has devised a five point tyre check that we strongly recommend you complete:
- Check overall condition of tyres, including inner and outer sidewalls.
- Check tyre tread depth.
- Check all tyre pressures.
- Check signs of irregular wear.
- Check and examine the spare tyre.
Please contact us if you require any advice on tyre safety.
A tyre does not have to look flat to be under inflated. To be safe you should check the pressure at least once a fortnight. If you are unsure as to what the correct pressure is for your vehicle, have a look in the Vehicle Manual.
- Always remember that tyre pressure should only be tested when your tyres are cold - a good guideline is to leave them for an hour after driving so that they can cool down.
- If you drive around on under or over inflated tyres, your vehicle's handling will be seriously affected – in most cases the vehicle will become unstable.
- The wrong tyre pressure also increases tyre wear, significantly shortening its lifespan and increasing the chances of the tyre failing whilst driving.
If your tyre is evenly worn across the surface, then this could be a sign of over/under inflation. However, if it is only worn on one edge it is likely to be the result of poor wheel alignment. If this is the case you need to have a professional garage check your alignment.
An unbalanced wheel can cause dangerous mechanical damage. It's important to make sure your tyres are kept in balance, if you find your steering wheel shaking while driving you may need your wheels balanced.
The current legal limit for car tread depth is 1.5mm (across 75% of the tyre). However, the deeper the tread the more grip you will have when driving. It is not only unsafe to ignore the minimum tyre tread depth, it's against the law.
There is a simple test you can perform to check the tread depth of your tyres that using the 20 Cent coin.
To test, take a 20c coin and place it in-between the main grooves of the tyre. If you can see the outer band of the coin, the tyre may have insufficient tread depth. At this point, it is advised that you have your tyres checked over by a qualified mechanic.
Even if you never use your spare it is still vital that you check that it is in good condition. Check the pressure and the tyre tread periodically.
It is better to discover any problems in a safe and comfortable environment, i.e. at home, than by the roadside.