Nobody likes having to fork out for new tyres, but by following a few easy home-care routines you can help to last yours last longer and prevent them letting you down when you need them most.
Start by keeping the tyres at the pressure recommended by the vehicle manufacturer. It will not only extend their life, but also provide better road handling. You can find the recommended pressure inside the drivers side door jam or in the manufacturers handbook. Check the pressure when the tyres are still cold, so within two miles or setting off on your journey, or invest in your own tyre pressure gauge.
Check your tyre treads regularly, the minimum legal limit is 1.6mm. Tyre treads help you stop quickly in an emergency. Underestimating the danger of worn tyres can easily result in an accident, especially on wet or windy roads. Check the condition of your tyre’s tread and sidewalls once a month when you check the tyre pressure.
Finally, look out for cracks or bulges in your tyres, also stones or sharp objects which have become embedded in the rubber. All of these can lead to punctures or blow outs at high speed.
Alex Kapadia, Operations Team