IT IS IMPORTANT TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR TYRES
Because we at African Leadership Scorecard care about you, we wish to let you know that no matter how sound your car could be, faulty tyres could ruin your plan for a smooth and safe trip. It is therefore important that you carry our regular checks on your tyres so they don’t disappoint or cause you to have accident on the road.
Checking on, and maintenance of your car tyres is very crucial to having smooth and accident-free rides with the car. In addition, regular maintenance of your car tyres help to reduce the number of times that you require to change them and therefore safe you some money.
Two of the most important ways to check and maintain the tyres of your car are known as wheel balancing and alignment. And although it may be necessary to seek professional help concerning your car tyres, there are some simple things a car owner can do on his/her own, including:
- REGULAR INSPECTION
Inspection of your tyres is the first step you need to do at least a few times a week. Your driving style and the condition of the road are just some of the things that can affect your tyres. Hitting speed bumps, potholes, cracks, kerbs or large rocks can cause damage or misalignment.
Fast driving and hard braking will also wear the tyres prematurely. Do regular visual inspections to help you discover any potential issues with your tyres so you can act upon it right away.
- ROTATE YOUR TYRES
Tyres don’t wear out at the same time. Because front tyres carry more engine weight and do more manoeuvering when steering, they wear out much faster than the ones at the back. To help even out the wearing of your tires and get their maximum tread life, you need to rotate the tyres at least every 10,000 kilometres. This means you can take the tyres at the front to the back.
However, don’t hesitate to rotate them sooner if you see uneven wear or you hear a humming sound when travelling. You might also need more frequent tyre rotations if you are often driving long distances or use your vehicle to transport heavy loads.
- GUAGE THE TYRES
Tyres are not at their best for use when they are under-inflated and this can result in internal damage and more fuel consumption. On the other hand, over-inflating will wear the tyres unevenly. That’s why it’s critical that car tyres have the correct air pressure.
Tyres deflate 1-2 psi per month by itself, more so if you do long trips or run off-road frequently. Temperature also affects tyre pressure. During colder weather, the tyre pressure can drop. Vehicles with a Tyre Pressure Monitor System can easily detect these changes. But if you have an older car model, you should consult the user manual for your car tyres’ correct air pressure and check at least once a month if they are still compliant.
- CHECK FOR NAILS AND OTHER IRRITANTS
If a tyre picks nail or any other sharp object, it is bound to deflect gradually and eventually becomes flat. Therefore you need to regularly check if your tyres have picked any sharp object.
- LOOK OUT FOR TREAD ISSUES
Tread affects the traction or grip of the tyres on the road surface. It keeps the tyres from slipping and losing control, particularly on wet road surfaces. Regularly check the tyres for objects that could be stuck in the tread, such as small rocks or screws. Also, regularly inspect the wear of the tread. You can except tread to wear faster from unsafe driving, overinflated or misaligned tyres, or faulty suspension systems.
- MAINTAIN CORRECT ALLIGNMENT
If you don’t make deliberate efforts to see that your tyres are properly aligned, you risk causing your tyres to wear unevenly and earlier than they’re meant to. This is because parts of the tyres will hit the road harder, and eventually wear faster. You can prevent this by maintaining the correct alignment of the tyres and the axles. A common misconception is that wheel alignment can only be done through servicing, but this is not true.