By Alex Kapadia
Prior to backing out of the driveway for the holidays or for a long car journey, Cooper tyres recommend motorists take five minutes to give their tyres a safety check to ensure a safe journey.
“Maintaining your tyres is an important part of making sure your vehicle runs smoothly,” said Chuck Yurkovich, vice president of global technology for Cooper .
“There are a number of easy ways to check your tyres before leaving for a trip. Keeping an eye on the condition of your tyres and knowing which tyres to use for cold weather driving can make a big difference in how your vehicle will perform.”
While inspecting your tyres there are three main items to check in order to start the trip safely:
Tyre pressure – check your owner’s manual or tyre placard attached to the drivers door jam for your tyres’ optimal pressure and adjust the pressure accordingly. A common myth is the tyre pressure listed on your tyres sidewall is the optimal pressure — in reality it’s the maximum pressure. Ensuring appropriate tyre pressure is important, as under-inflation creates excessive stress and may lead to tyre failure. It’s also important to guard against over-inflation, which can cause uneven wear, plus handling and stopping problems.
Load limit – Before you fill the boot and the roof rack with your luggage, check out the vehicle manufacturer’s recommendations for loading your vehicle (which includes the weight of the passengers). The vehicle manufacturer’s loading recommendation can be found in the owners’ manual. Overloading your vehicle creates excessive heat inside your tyres. Excessive heat can cause tyre failure that could result in vehicle damage and/or serious injury or even death.
Tyre tread – The tread on your tyres must be at least 1.66mm deep. If it isn’t at least that deep throughout all parts of the tread, the tyre must be replaced.
“Practicing regular tyre safety maintenance is a great way to ensure your vehicle and its passengers are safe while maximizing your tyres’ performance,” added Yurkovich.
“We recommend these procedures be used throughout the entire year, not just during the holidays. Tyres working in optimal condition traditionally provide greater traction for stopping power, handling and help maximise gas mileage.”