5 tyre care steps for keeping tyres in good condition
Thursday 14th January 2021
Once you’ve purchased the right tyres for your vehicle, it’s important to know how to best care for them. That’s why we’ve compiled a 5-step checklist to ensure your tyres are kept in the best condition possible.
How to take care of car tyres
1. Tyre pressure
Ensuring your tyre pressure is correct is one of the first rules of tyre care. An underinflated tyre can cause many problems for your vehicle – such as reducing fuel efficiency, increasing tyre wear and hindering the overall performance of the tyres themselves. Simply drive to your local petrol station or garage, or use a tyre pressure gauge at home, and check your tyre pressure for a small price (usually around £1).
Not sure what your tyre pressure should be? Our handy guide has you covered.
2. Tyre tread depth
Ensuring your tyres have the correct tread depth is not just handy for tyre care and safety, but it’s also a legal requirement in the UK and Europe. The legal minimum depth of tread for car tyres is 1.6mm – however, it’s important to note that tyre tread depth as low as 3mm is often enough to warrant a replacement tyre. Essentially, the lower the measurement, the higher the stopping distance. Learn more about how to check tyre tread depth now.
3. Check for tyre wear
Visibly checking your tyres is also important for good tyre care. You should check your tyres for any bulges, cuts or any uneven tyre wear you can see on the tyre. Uneven tyre wear can lead to an early replacement of your tyres, as it will mean your tyres are no longer performing as efficiently as they once were, while also compromising the safety of the vehicle.
4. Reduce heavy loads
The heavier your car is, the more strain this will add to your tyres – causing them to wear down before their time. Whether it’s passengers, work equipment or you’re using your car for an extra storage solution, try to alleviate the heavy loads where possible – as not only does this put pressure on your tyres, but it will also affect your fuel efficiency, too.
5. Check wheel alignment
Wheel alignment is also an important consideration when taking care of your tyres. If your wheels are incorrectly aligned, this can cause your vehicle to pull towards a certain direction, and put more pressure on one side of the vehicle. This can cause uneven tyre wear – and lead to needing to replace your tyres early. Book yourself in at your local Formula One Autocentre to have a free wheel alignment check.
Find out more information on how to improve tyre life from our informative guide. Alternatively, get in touch with one of our specialists who can help with any of your tyre, or motoring related, queries.