December 2, 2019
Ensuring that your tyres are in good order is important but many drivers tend to overlook this. Looking after your tyres is not only important for legal reasons but for driver safety and comfort, and improved fuel economy too. Keeping your tyres maintained and in a good condition maximises tyre life, saving you money in the long run.
Take a look at our suggestions for keeping your tyres in good condition…
Regularly check the tyre pressure
The pressure of your tyres affects your Land Rover vehicle’s steering, handling and braking. If your tyres are under-inflated or over-inflated, it can make them more at risk of wear, increase fuel consumption and in more extreme cases, it can result in a blowout causing you to lose control of your car.
It’s recommended that you check your tyre pressure regularly, at least once a month, and before long journeys to reduce the risk of having to call for breakdown assistance and for safety purposes.
You can check your tyre pressure at most petrol stations for a small fee or with your own pressure gauge.
Monitor tread depth
Your tyres must have a tread depth of at least 1.6mm throughout a continuous band. This is the legal minimum tread depth so it’s important that this is monitored and that the tread depth doesn’t go below 1.6mm because this is not only illegal but very dangerous.
Ensuring that your tyres meet the minimum tread depth requirements is particularly important for Winter driving as your tyres need tread for better traction and grip during harsher conditions.
Don’t overload your vehicle
Overloading your car can be dangerous as it can lead to extreme wear on the tyres due to the build up of heat.
Keep in mind how much weight your tyres and vehicle can handle and make sure that you do not exceed the recommended amount.
Check for damage before a long journey
Make sure that you regularly undertake a physical check of your tyres to look for wear and tear, particularly before a long journey. Look carefully for punctures or cuts and if you do spot any issues, make sure you get them checked and repaired by a mechanic before driving.
Ensure safe driving practices
Excessive or sudden braking and acceleration can cause your tyres to wear more quickly. Ensure that you practice safe driving with this in mind; avoid sudden braking and drive smoothly. You should also watch out for pot holes and slow down for speed bumps to help keep your tyres in good condition.
Make sure your tyres are aligned
Tyres that are not aligned correctly can be problematic. They can result in uneven wear which can make them more susceptible to damage as well as reducing control of your car.
At Broadfield’s Garage, we offer a 4 wheel laser alignment, a highly accurate service that’s essential on modern cars.
It is recommended that you replace your tyres at 3mm and your tyres may need replacing if they’re damaged or punctured.