By Katherine Clarkson
Which? magazine has got to grips with tyres in its latest April issue.
The UK’s leading consumer magazine has focused the spotlight on one important area – maintenance.
The report states: ‘In the past, we’ve gone to great lengths to test how tyres wear in normal service.
‘However, with a readership as large as our, it’s difficult to emulate conditions that represent ‘normal service’ for everyone, so for this report we’ve decided to give our top tips for maximising tyre life.’
The top Which? tips include:
Check the pressure of each tyre (when cold), including the spare, every two weeks and before long journeys. Adjust them to the correct pressure for the load you’re carrying. See your handbook (or the driver’s door pillar) for details. Under-inlfation will cause wear to the outer edges of the tread. Over-inflation wears the centre. Both can cause unpredictable handling.
Avoid harsh braking, rapid acceleration and fast cornering, which cause tyres to wear quickly, and avoid hitting kerbs or potholes, which can cause internal damage.
Don’t use a pressure washer on tyres. This can wash away essential oils added to protect tyres from the sun.