Cooper takes your safety very seriously, and so should you. In this article we will be sharing useful information on how to make sure that your tyres are in great condition at all times, in order for them to keep you safe on the roads.
All the safety systems on your car will work at their optimum level if your tyres are in great condition. That is why doing regular tyre checks is essential.
An increase in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions are caused by under-inflated tyres as they create more resistance to the roads. Poorly inflated tyres and insufficient tread depth may reduce your vehicle performance and could cost more money in the long run.
A basic tyre check will not take up much of your time, so we really encourage motorists to conduct one regularly, it can save your life.
Here are some useful tips you can implement to keep your tyres in great condition.
Simple ways to maintain your tyres:
- Every two weeks, check the tread on your tyres. Check for stones and objects in the tread and remove any objects you may find that are stuck in the tread.
- It is essential to check that the tread wear is even across the pattern of the tyres as uneven tread wear patterns could be an early indicator of mechanical faults on your car.
- Look for tread wear indicators at regular intervals around the main grooves, if the tyres’ tread surface is worn to the same level as these indicators, this means that the tyres have reached the end of their life and need to be replaced.
- Potholes and bumping into kerbs can result in bumps, tears, cuts and swellings. Regularly check for these on your tyres and if you find any damage have your tyres inspected by a professional as soon as possible.
- You can check your tyre pressure at any garage near you. Seek assistance from an experienced attendant to check it for you. If you do not know the recommended tyre pressure for your vehicle, look for it in your vehicle owner manual. Alternatively, you may find a pressure decal on the driver door arch of your car.
- Always remember that your tyre pressure changes depending on the load your vehicle is carrying, for example if you are carrying a heavier load than usual, such as a lot of passengers. To ensure safety, make sure you are carrying the correct load your tyres can hold.
- Your spare tyre is very important, make sure you also check the condition that it’s in, you never know when you might need it. If your spare is the same size and pattern as the four tyres on your vehicle than include the spare on the vehicle when rotating your tyres. Tyres contain perishable materials like natural rubber, using the spare will save you money by increasing the mileage you can achieve on your full set.
- Take your tyres for balancing, rotation, and wheel alignment after every 8000km travelled.
To conclude, make sure the correct tyres are fitted on to your vehicle. For more information on our tyre range, click on https://www.coopertyres.co.za/Products