If you don’t make sure your car tyres are in roadworthy condition, you’re putting yourself, those in the car with you and other people travelling on the road in danger and increasing your chances of getting stranded on the side of the road because of a blowout. Whether you’re driving short or long distances, occasionally or every day, we urge you to check your tyres properly to ensure they are in tip-top condition.
Here are some important tips:
- Drive nicely. The way you handle your car can have a huge impact on the lifespan of your tyres and car itself. Accelerating too quickly and braking too hard can damage your tyres, causing them to lose their roadworthiness prematurely.
- Install the same tyres all around. Mismatched tyres can affect your handling negatively and cause your tyres to wear away faster. Install the same type and brand of tyre for all your tyres to ensure they last longer.
- Rotate your tyres. At more or less 10 000 km, ask a nearby tyre store to rotate your tyres for you. This will ensure that you get longer use out of your tyres.
- Check your tyre pressure regularly. Under-inflated tyres can cause accidents due to being more prone to wearing away and blowing out. Ask your petrol attendant to check your tyre pressure everytime you full up your petrol tank to ensure itâ€™s not under or over pumped. Not sure what the ideal pressure is for your tyres? Your ownerâ€™s manual will state the appropriate tyre pressures for your car. Alternatively, you can Google your car modelâ€™s ideal tyre pressure.
- Replace your tyre valves regularly. Tyre valves that are in good condition form airtight seals, which hold air pressure in your tyres. A damaged valves may lead to air loss, which can, in turn, affect the condition of your tyres.
- Access your tyresâ€™ condition. Look for any cracks, budges or items that may have punctured any of your tyres. This is especially important before going on long trips.