If you are getting ready for the long road this holiday season, you might want to consider these tyre tips to keep you and your family safe.
-AA says that good tyre tread is necessary to maintain road grip, especially in wet weather.It is not just the tread that must be in a good condition but the sidewalls as well. The correct tyre pressures are of the utmost importance to achieve optimum road holding and tyre life.
-Resist the temptation to fix leaks with a temporary plug; rather have your tyre repaired at a professional dealer.
-Rotate your wheels and check alignment after every 10 000 km you drive. Also check your alignment every time you take a long trip.
-Check your tyre pressure every time you fill up. Incorrect tyre pressure increases the wear and tear on your car, and makes it expensive to run because it ups your fuel consumption. Check your manual or the inside of the passenger door frame of the fuel filler flap for the correct tyre pressure.
-Be sure to check your tyres for nails, tears or any damage that the road may have caused. If you see something that looks foreign on your tyre, take it to have it checked immediately.
–Re-treading your tyres is a big no-no! This is only applicable to heavy vehicles. The National Road Traffic Actsays no person shall operate on a public road with a motor vehicle which is equipped with a regrooved tyre having a bead diameter of 430 millimetres or less
Bridgestone says the most effective way to reduce tyre costs over the lifetime of a passenger car is to ensure that tyres are always correctly inflated to provide the most economical operation. Correct driving style also helps prolong tyre life, such as avoiding harsh braking, heavy cornering and sudden acceleration. If you take care of your tyres it can prolong the life up to 30%!