Looking after your tyres and making sure they are replaced when necessary is one of the easiest maintenance tasks you can do for your car, but also one of the most important.
Your tyres are critical to the overall safety and performance of your vehicle, they are the only piece of your car which is in constant contact with the road and they affect your ability to brake, corner and accelerate safely. A balding tyre can add up to 10 metres of extra stopping distance in wet conditions, and low tyre pressure can increase your fuel consumption by up to 3%.
Regular inspections of your tyres is one of the best ways to keep your vehicle, and your family, safe on the roads. The cost of tyres makes them a major investment and good maintenance will extend their life and save you money.
There are three main areas to focus on when it comes to tyre maintenance :
In Australia the minimum legal tread depth for tyres is 1.6mm. However anything under 3mm can seriously affect your stopping distance and the overall handling of your vehicle, especially in wet conditions, which is why it is recommended to replace your tyres at 3mm tread depth or less.
Worn tyre treads can cause dangerous hydroplaning at speeds as low as 35kmh, which means your tyres are no longer in proper contact with the road but rather ‘skating’ on water which can cause you to lose control of your vehicle. Tyres have special tread wear indicators which are raised bars in the main grooves of the tread. These bars or TWI become level with the rest of the tread pattern when the tyre tread depth has reached the minimum of 1.6mm. TWI’s are good for regular visual checks but the best way to measure the tread on your tyres is to use a dedicated tread gauge. You should always check each of the main grooves, in at least two spots and check all four tyres.
At Car Service Salisbury we sell a wide range of tyres to suit vehicles of all shapes, sizes and uses. If you have any doubts about the safety of your tyres please don’t hesitate to come and see us for a bit of advice.
We provide a free 62 point safety check with every full car service here at Car Service Salisbury which includes a check of all five tyres ( including your spare) and we will certainly advise you of any issues we feel could be affecting your safety or that could extend your existing tyre life.