Two weeks ago, I was staying at my Grandmas house, when I heard a huge bang outside. It sounded like a truck had tipped over and the noise startled both me and my daughter.
It was 2am in the morning and and when we looked out of the window, it became clear that a car tyre had burst.
A car had skidded for some distance across the road, narrowly missing a major incident.
This got me thinking about tyre safety and the type of checks that need to be made regular to maintain safety on the road.
Today, I will be sharing my top tips for keeping your car and tyres safe all year round. Caring for your tyres is so important to keep your family safe and your car roadworthy.
The legal limit for minimum depth of the tread for your tyres is set at 1.6mm. This measurement is taken across the central 3 quarters where the tread covers the tyre.
All tyres have a small notch down the deepest parts of the tread. Once the tyre tread is depleted, this will indicate that the tyre needs to be changed. If your tyres need replacing you can buy them online in Basildon and get them locally fitted at Elite Direct Tyres.
There are also legal implications when driving a vehicle. The driver is responsible for maintaining a safe depth of tread for each tyre on your vehicle. If you’re stopped randomly by a Police officer and found to have suspect tyres.
The driver and or the legal owner of the vehicle could face 3 penalty points on their driving licence and up to £2,500 in court fines, for having tyres worn down beyond the legal minimum limit.
Look for Missing Valve Caps
I asked my husband if a missing valve cap can cause a tyre to lose pressure?
In short answer is No.
In fact the one thing your valve cap helps with, is stopping dust, road debris and other dirt from leaving the road surface and attaching to the valve. Without a valve cap dirt and dust can get stuck to the the tyre valve and enable air to leak out over time.
It may be a good idea when you visit a parts store, to get some spares and store them in your glove box.
Check for Uneven Tyre Wear
Over time tyres wear the more the tyres age, however. there can be circumstances where your tyres can wear faster than normal. This can be down to driving style, road surface issues as well as steering and suspension issues with your car.
From the steering wheel, your front wheels are connected by a pinion and steering rack, which are also connected to tracking rod ends. This system allow the wheels to turn in the direction that you are steering.
If your tyre has worn on one of the outer edges this could suggest that there is a problem with the steering system.
If your tyre is worn down on one side more than the other this could suggest that you have suspension issues and this would need further investigation by a qualified mechanic.
Checking Tyre Pressure Regularly
All car and vehicle tyres have a standard pressure which can prevent uneven tyre wear on the central tread, or if under-inflated, on the outer edges of the tyre.
The driver will find it harder to turn the steering wheel if both front tyres are under-inflated.
When visiting the petrol station, you can also check your tyres to ensure they have a safe pressure as set by the manufacturer.
Normally, the tyre pressures are set between 32-to-33 PSI (Pounds per Square Inch), to maintain even tyre wear across the whole of the tyres on your vehicle.
Keeping your tyres safe all year round will keep you and your family safe and make sure others are protected on the road when driving.
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