Checking Your Tyres Before A Trip
April 16, 2018 at 5:15 PM
Your tyres are some of the most important components of your vehicle and play an integral role in keeping you safe when driving. As such, you need to check them regularly and before long trips to ensure they’re in good condition.
Things to look for when checking your tyres:
- Tire pressure. Check your vehicles owner’s manual for the manufacturer’s recommended tyre pressure. Make sure to check the pressure when the tyres are cold – i.e. the car hasn’t been driven for at least 3 hours or has been driven for less than 2km at low speed.
- Tread depth. Your car’s tyres have a tread depth of about 8mm when new. It’s recommended that you get them changed when the treads wear to a depth of 2mm, but the legal limit is 1.5mm. Use a tread depth checker to find out whether your tires are safe. Also check that the tyres are wearing evenly, if not, you might have misaligned wheels.
- Visible damage. Check your tyres for bruises, bumps, bulges, cracks, splits and cracks on the sidewalls and tread area. If any, get the tire checked by a professional.