Tyre Safety – Everything Rides On It

Your tyres are the only point of contact that your vehicle has with the road – they need to be in good working condition at all times to ensure your safety. Protection against avoidable breakdowns and crashes…Improved vehicle handling…Better fuel economy…Increased tyre life.

To avoid any problems, follow these important care tips:

Inspect your tyre:

You may not always notice if one of your tyres has been damaged. Inspect your tyres regularly for uneven wear patterns on the tread, cracks, nails, screws, any nicks, bulges or cuts, or other signs of wear or trauma.  Remove bits of glass and other foreign objects wedged in the tread. Also, have a professional inspect your tyres every year.

Check the air pressure:

Driving with incorrect tyre pressures can affect a vehicle’s handling and braking, particularly in wet conditions and can seriously compromise your safety. Driving on severely under-inflated tyres can cause heat build-up and eventually a blow-out. Check your tyre pressure monthly, including your spare and before every long trip…that’s so important!  Also make sure your tyre valves have valve caps.

Respect the load capacity:

Do not exceed the load capacity relative to the tyre’s load index. Tyres loaded beyond their maximum loads can build up excessive heat that may result in sudden tyre destruction.  Check the tyre information placard or owner’s manual for the maximum recommended load for the vehicle.  If you are towing a trailer, remember that some of the weight of the loaded trailer is transferred to the towing vehicle.

Driving at high speed can damage your tyre:

At greater speeds, tyres have greater a chance of being damaged by road hazards or heat build-up. High speeds can also contribute to a rapid air loss or even a sudden tyre explosion, which can cause the loss of control of the vehicle.

Use your spare tyre!

If you see any damage to a tyre or wheel, replace it with your spare tyre and have your tyre checked by a professional.

Some More Safety Tips

  • Slow down if you have to go over a pothole or other objects in the road.
  • Do not run over curbs, and try not to strike the curb when parking.
  • Checking tyre air pressure and regular tyre maintenance such as rotation, alignment and inspections can help you to save money.

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