Sunday, July 18, 2010

Tyre safety tips

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Tyres are your only point of contact with the road surface, so you cannot afford to neglect them.’ That’s a phrase that you see banded around quite a lot on tyre related websites. Unfortunately sometimes when people see something a lot, the message is lost.
In the same survey, an approximate 12% of vehicles actually had illegal tyres – which is not only extremely dangerous for those driving around on illegal tyres, but for all other road-users as well.
Why should you check your tyres?
Worn tyres significantly impede the performance of your car - low tread depths reduce the effectiveness of braking, steering, and acceleration, all of which are vital in staying safe. What are a few minutes put aside now to check your tyres, when you compare it to your own safety and that of your family?
What Should I Check?
The TyreSafe.org has devised a five point tyre check that we strongly recommend you complete:

Check overall condition of tyres, including inner and outer sidewalls.
Check tyre tread depth.
Check all tyre pressures.
Check signs of irregular wear.
Check and examine the spare tyre.

Tyre Pressures
A tyre does not have to look flat to be under inflated. To be safe you should check the pressure at least once a fortnight. If you are unsure as to what the correct pressure is for your vehicle, have a look in the Vehicle Manual.

Always remember that tyre pressure should only be tested when your tyres are cold - a good guideline is to leave them for an hour after driving so that they can cool down.
If you drive around on under or over inflated tyres, your vehicle's handling will seriously affected – in most cases the vehicle will become unstable.
The wrong tyre pressure also increases tyre wear, significantly shortening its lifespan and increasing the chances of the tyre failing whilst driving.

Wheel Alignment
If your tyre is evenly worn across the surface, then this could be a sign of over/under inflation. However, if it is only worn on one edge it is likely to be the result of poor wheel alignment. If this is the case you need to have a professional garage check your tracking.

Wheel Balancing
An unbalanced wheel can cause dangerous mechanical damage.

Tread Depth
The deeper the tread the more grip you will have when driving.We advises that you replace your tyres when the tread is less than 3mm.

Spare Tyre
Even if you never use your spare it is still vital that you check that it is in good condition. Check the pressure and the tyre tread periodically.

It is better to discover any problems in a safe and comfortable environment, i.e. at home, than by the roadside.

Note : in uk(united kingdom) it is illegal, driving around on tyres with a tread depth lowers than 1.6mm.


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