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Top 5 Tips To Keeping Your Tyres In Shape For Your Safety

All car owners should always put routine car maintenance as a priority. Even if most parts of a vehicle is important for it to fully function, one of these parts is vital in terms of safety and functionality: the tyres. Keeping your tyres in shape is critical to the handling, safety and overall quality of your driving. This is why tyres are significant investments and should not be taken for granted. 

You see, driving is one of the most dangerous things we do in our lives and we don’t even realize that. We rely on the four tyres on our vehicles to keep us travelling through our route with safety. And this is exactly why it is extremely essential to keep our tyres well-maintained. 

So how do we do that? Below are the top 5 tips for keeping your tyres in shape for your safety: 

Check Proper Air Pressure.

It is important to keep your tyres aired up to the proper pounds per square inch (PSI). Your tyres are created to work best at a specific PSI. Overinflating them can lead to premature wear and may cause a tyre blowout. Underinflation on the other hand may allow your tyres to come unseated from the wheels during manoeuvres and possibly wears out quicker giving your decreased control over your driving. It is essential for you to keep a tire gauge in your vehicle at all times to help you check the air pressure in your tyres on a regular basis and adjust the air as needed.

Rotate Your Tyres.

The world-famous tyre manufacturer says that rotating your car tyres must be done every 6,000 to 8,000 miles because each tyre wear differently. For front-wheel-drive cars, the front tyres wear twice the rate of the rear tyres. Some tyre experts say that in left-hand-drive areas, the left tyre wears faster than the right tyre so you must keep an eye on that. Having your cars rotated on a regular basis helps in achieving more uniform wear, giving you more consistent performance and a longer tyre service life.

Confirm Your Treads.

For ages now, it is known that tyres should have at least 2/32 inch of tread depth for it to function best and laws agree on this. However, there are new studies which suggest that greater tread depth is a better option for drivers.

Balance Your Tyres.

Getting your tyres balanced from time to time is also very important in maintaining your vehicle. A tyre technician will do this for you using a machine that checks the weight distribution of your ride all allows the placement of lead weights on the tyre rim to achieve a balanced dispersal. Balancing your tyres reduces vibration and gives you a better ride quality.

Align Your Tyres. 

Apart from your air pressure, tread depth and tyre balance – it is also very important to keep your tyres aligned. The front tyres require regular alignment to ensure that there is not too much difference in the way these tyres are pointing. Not having your tyres aligned will cause excessive premature wear. 

Keeping your tyres in shape for your safety is basic but vital. Engaging in a regular tyre inspection and maintenance, plus moderating how you drive can keep you safe on the road and add to the lifespan of your tyres.

If you need new tyres in Brisbane, visit Darra Tyres. If you have any tyre questions, contact Darra Tyres today.

Keeping your family and fleet safe on the road,

Kevin Wood

Buying tyres

Tyre Buying Tips

Get the Best Tyre within Your Budget

So, you need new tyres. The choice is huge and confusing. These tyre buying tips should help you choose the best tyres for your vehicle, driving style and budget.

Match Your New Tyres to Your Car

Tyre manufacturers invest big money into developing new tyres and ensuring tyres are made to keep you safe.

The car manufacturer will have tested many types of tyres on the vehicle. They will have tested for handling, braking, how fast the tyre tread wears, road noise and ride comfort. In your car owner’s manual, it is likely that you’ll find recommendations for your tyres, including size, speed rating and load rating. You should always buy the type of tyre recommended by your car’s manufacturer.

How Do You Know That You Are Buying Tyres to Match Your Car?

When buying new tyres, the markings on the tyre’s sidewall tell you all you need to know. It may look like you need an Enigma machine to decipher the confusing code, but this guide tells you all you need to know:

Vehicle – Tyres are developed for different vehicle types. This is indicated by the following letters:

  • P: passenger car and most 4WD
  • LT: light trucks
  • M: motorcycle
  • T: temporary

Tyre width – The first numbers show the tyre width in millimetres.

Profile – The second number indicates the profile (tyre width to tyre height), usually as a percentage. High-performance tyres are indicated by a low percentage.

Construction – For example, ‘R’ for radial.

Diameter – Indicating which rim size the tyre is designed for, and expressed in inches.

Load Rating – Either expressed as a weight or as an index number.

Speed Rating – The final letter in the code indicates the speed rating. This is the maximum speed the tyre can travel at for 10 minutes without risk of a tyre blowout.

What Tyre Brand Is best?

You will also find the tyre brand and model embossed on the tyre’s sidewall. Premium brand tyres are likely to be more expensive, but savvy drivers buy premium tyres in Brisbane. You find that premium brand tyres could:

  • Save on fuel
  • Give shorter braking distances
  • Offer a more comfortable driving experience
  • Last longer

Whichever brand you choose, we recommend that you fit the same brand on all your tyres, and certainly never mix brands on the same axle.

Why You Should Spend Your Whole Budget on Your New Tyres

The saying that you get what you pay for is certainly true when it comes to tyres. However, never forget the car you drive and your style of driving. Here are some general rules:

  • More affordable tyres are suited to small family cars
  • High-performance cars should be paired with high-performance tyres
  • Always consider your driving style and the surfaces on which you mostly drive
  • Mid-range tyres often provide a good compromise between handling and drive experience and cost
  • Always listen to the advice of a tyre specialist

Are Cheap Tyres Worth the Risk?

If you are tempted to save a few dollars buying cheap tyres, first you should be aware of the risks. Cheaper tyres usually provide less grip on the road. This translates into less ability to avoid a crash.

Cheaper tyres also tend to be made from less stable rubber compounds, meaning you’ll need to replace them sooner. In the long run, buying cheap tyres could be more expensive as well as being less safe.

If you need new tyres in Brisbane, visit Darra Tyres. If you have any tyre questions, contact Darra Tyres today.

Keeping your family and fleet safe on the road,

Dean Wood

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