Looking after your tyres is an essential part of caring for your car in winter.
At this time of year, your car is under particular strain from harsh weather conditions. Tyres are particularly at risk of damage as they drive over snow and ice.
The risk of damage increases for drivers in Scotland, where the winters are harsher. Caring for your car and its tyres is a simple but effective way of staying on the roads this winter.
Here’s some advice on caring for your tyres:
Check the pressure
Proper inflation pressure gives you the best tyres performance, safety and fuel economy. Check the pressure frequently with an accurate tyre pressure gauge. Do this roughly once a month.
Follow the recommended inflation pressure level, which you will find in your car’s owner’s manual.
Avoid excessive tyre spinning
If your car is stuck in snow, ice or mud, avoid spinning your tyres excessively. This can cause the tyres to over-heat and damage them permanently.
If you are stuck in snow or ice this winter, use a gentle backward and forward rocking motion to free your vehicle.
Check your tyres for wear
It’s a good idea to keep an eye on your tyres in between services just in case they have become overly worn or been damaged.
Replace your tyres when necessary
There’s no point in compromising safety for the sake of putting off spending the cash on new tyres. Always remove tyres from service when they reach 1.6mm remaining in tread depth. All new tyres have tread wear indicators that appears as smooth banks in the tread grooves when they wear to 1.6mm level.
Tyres can come under particular strain depending on where you live. In places such as Scotland drivers will see much harsher winters and road conditions than further south.
Continuing to drive on faulty tyres can be extremely dangerous. If you are driving in snowy or icy conditions, the dangers increase.
That is why it is better to take professional help so you are always safe on the road. Buying tyres in Fife and other parts of UK is easy from websites like Point S, because you can book online easily.
Don’t overload your vehicle
Check your vehicle’s owner’s manual to determine the load limits. Overloading your vehicle places stress on your tyres and other critical vehicle components.
Check your balance
Balancing helps prevent premature wear of your tyres and eliminates vibration. It also protects the suspension, steering system and bearings of your vehicle. Have your wheels balanced when a tyre is replaced, a balance weight is moved or removed, or you purchase new tyres. You’ll know a wheel is out of balance when one area is heavier or lighter than the rest.
Tyres are often moved from one position on the car to another to ensure even wear and tear. Front tyres carry more of the car’s weight and tend to wear out at about twice the rate of rear tyres, so rotating the tyres can extend their life. Car manufacturers differ in their recommendations, but most manufacturers advise tyres should be rotated every 8,000 to 10,000 kms.
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