Motor Maintenance Essentials: Car Tyres

Motor Maintenance Essentials: Car Tyres

Why the Tyres are the Most Important Component on your Car

Hydrargyrum [CC BY-SA 3.0], from Wikimedia Commons

You might not think it, but there’s a lot more to the health of your car tyres than just the tread. Your tyres will suffer from various types of wear over regular road use including:

  • Degrading rubber,
  • cracking,
  • loss of suppleness.

All of this impacts the integrity of your car’s tyres and their effectiveness on the road.

What’s more, incorrect tyre pressure is the most common cause of tyre blow outs. A blow out is cause by the tyre overheating. Incorrect pressure causes the tyre shape to deform, changing its contact profile with the road, and this is what makes it overheat. The most common cause of a blow out is under-inflated tyres.

Needless to say this can be incredibly dangerous, especially when travelling at speed.

Why is Good Car Tyre Health So Important?

The tyre does more than just roll along the road. They transfer power from the engine to the road. They apply force from the brakes to the road. They absorb the pressure of cornering to the road.

You could have the most expensive, high performance vehicle with top grade brakes and suspension, but if your tyres are in poor health all this power is wasted.

How Should I Be Caring for My Car Tyres?

Cracked and degraded rubber on a car tyre
Cracked and degraded surface on the wall of a tyre

There’s no particular age law for tyres in the UK but in Germany there’s a mandatory age where the tyres need to be replaced. You’re also required to have winter and summer tyres during specific months.

In the UK, the highway code recommends that you check your tyres monthly and before any long journey.

Things to look for when checking your car tyres:

  • Check the tyre tread depth. This should be at least 1.6 mm deep.
  • Inspect the tyre for any wear on the wall such as road damage or cracking.
  • Check for any cracking within the tread itself. This is more common in cars with low road usage.
  • Check the tyre pressure. You can do this very easily at your local petrol station. If the tyre looks deflated then it is very low and urgently needs re-inflating to the correct pressure. If you’re not sure how, check out this video on the website.

When did you last check the tyre condition and tyre pressure on your vehicle? Or when did you have them checked at a garage or by a professional?

If you’re concerned about checking your tyres thoroughly, we can help! Your vehicle will receive an all points tyre check as part of a VRF Motor Services standard vehicle service. Call us on 0116 3190 118 or 07850 881 911 today to book your car in.

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