In these hazardous road conditions motorists must drive defensively to protect their tyres from damage.
Poor road conditions and bad driving habits can significantly shorten yours tyres life and you could end up having to fork out for new ones long before they reach the legal minimum tread limit of 1.66mm.
Here are some simple tips to keep your tyres in top condition:
Ensure your tyres are properly inflated – under or over-inflated tyres acquire strange wear patterns and stranger habits on the road – and they wear out sooner.
Make sure your wheels are balanced – if you drive over a large pothole or hit a kerb this can throw the balancing out – wheels in need of balancing can compromise comfort and grip.
Don’t drive like the Stig – accelerating savagely, braking spectacularly and harsh cornering may seem like fun, but can shred your tyres and reduce thread quickly.
Tackle speed bumps with great care – never straddle a speed bump; doing so can knock your car’s suspension out of alignment. Doing so repeatedly can damage your car’s springs and suspension too. If you cross speed bumps with either the left or right wheels, your car will suffer less.
Denna Bowman, Head Office