Sometimes, car owners tend to just worry about their car’s engines– forgetting easily that it’s the tyres that are technically the most abused part of your vehicle. And because they are the ones that are directly in contact with the road, our car’s tyres are also the most susceptible to wear and tear.
Maintaining your car’s tyres regularly is the key to a safe and efficient driving. It will help you save money as you won’t need to buy and replace them very often. It will also help you save on fuel expenses. Well maintained car tyres also means that you and your passengers will most likely enjoy your trip with no hassles or accidents. It will help your car’s engine and other important parts to function more efficiently. And, it will also help maintain your car’s value.
Rapid Car Removal is one of the most trusted companies in the car removal Melbourne market. We have witnessed and handled vehicles that have the best and worst conditioned tyres. And so, as car wrecking experts, we ought to give you some tips on how to keep your tyres in good shape:
Avoid driving carelessly
Driving at high speed. Drifting. Doing hard turns and breaks. Stop-and-go driving. While there is nothing wrong about experiencing these exhilarating driving moments every now and then, doing these more often could easily wear out your tyres. If you have money to splurge on new tyres often, then it’d be no problem. But if you aim to prolong the lifespan of your car’s tyres, then think twice before you go and do “Fast and The Furious” stunts again.
Check & maintain correct tyre pressure
Keeping your tyres under-inflated is the worst you can do to them. It results to irregular tyre wear, increased fuel consumption, loss of control, and a more tired engine. Remember, tyres can appear not to be flat even if they need more than 50% of air pressure. As an added tip, it’s a best practice to have your tyres checked every time you decide to top up your fuel. In that way, you won’t be able to forget about maintaining the correct tyre pressure. It is also recommended to occasionally check the air pressure of your spare tyre, as you’ll never know when you’re gonna need it.
Inspect tyre treads regularly
Good tyre treads will help your car ensure maximum grip and traction on the road. This means, it’ll make you effectively avoid skidding, hydroplaning, etc. So check and measure if the tread depth is at least 1.6mm. Others say insert a penny into the tread groove to easily see if your tyre treads are all worn out. If you see almost the whole body of the coin, then it’s time to replace it.
Respect your car’s tyre load capacity
Not because it fits in your vehicle, doesn’t mean you have to maximise the space. Maximizing the space also means maximizing your car’s weight capacity. Each type of tyre has a corresponding load index, which is the maximum weight it can carry. When vehicles are loaded beyond their tyres’ maximum load index, it can result to excessive heat in the tyre, and can eventually cause sudden tyre damage.
Rotate your tyres and keep wheels aligned
To ensure that your tyres are worn evenly, make sure to have them rotated every 10,000 km or every 6 months. Even tyre wearing helps extend the life of your tyres and will enable you to save money. If your wheels are properly aligned, you protect them from irregular wear and rapid damage. It also helps you get better handling and fuel efficiency.
Not only do well-conditioned tyres save you fuel and money; but more importantly, they help keep you (and those riding with you) safe on the road. So think of doing proper tyre care not as an added chore, but as a necessity. You must also know exactly when you need to replace them.
If maintaining or replacing your old car’s tyres doesn’t seem to cut it anymore, maybe it’s a way of your vehicle telling you it’s already tired and done for. Maybe it has finally reached it’s final leg. When that time comes, call us at 0438 942 754. Rapid Car Removal is here to have your old or wrecked car removed free of charge. Our team of seasoned car buyers, car removal specialists and vehicle evaluators are always ready to help you.