Your Guide to Car Tyre Safety Checks

While many people understand the significance of car maintenance, most of them, especially new car owners, don't know what it actually entails. A lot of things are needed to keep your car functional for years down the line. Tyres are a major component of your car. Poorly functioning tyres will result in poor car performance. Therefore, it is crucial to check your car tyres regularly for any possible damages. If you don't what to check on those tyres, here is a guide to help you.

Check for Physical Damages

The first thing you want to do is look for any visible damages to the tyres of your car. You need to check for debris and screws that may have stuck in the tyre treads. Such materials are sometimes unnoticed until they cause damages to the tyres. You should also check for stone damage as well as sidewall damage because while these damage may not pose instant puncture risks to your tyres, they may harbour objects such as nails that may eventually work their way through your tyre.

Check Your Tyre Pressure

Tyres have an impact on the way your car performs so they have to be properly inflated at all times. Underinflating the tyres is usually associated with generation of excess heat. Overheated tyres won't last that long. On the other hand, if you overinflate your car tyres, their grip on the road will reduce because they will have less contact patch with the surface. Besides, improper car tyre inflation causes uneven tyre wear, which is another problem that will reduce the longevity of the tyres.

You need to buy a pressure gauge to help you ensure the tyres have the right amount of pressure all the time. Most cars usually have a tyre placard with the tyre pressure recommended by the manufacturer. This will in most cases be found on the jamb of the driver's door. When checking the pressure, inspect the valve caps too to ensure they are tight enough not to leak any air.

Inspect the Tyre Treads

Check the depth of the treads. There's usually a safe amount of tread recommended on a car tyre. You should find this in your owner's manual. In fact, most tyres come with a tread depth marker or indicator, which is usually a bar made of rubber running across the treads. If your treads are worn past this indicator, it would be unsafe or sometimes even illegal to use them on your car. When checking the treads, look for the evenness in the wear pattern. Uneven wear pattern is usually a sign of a problem with wheel alignment or balancing so make an effort to have the wheels checked.