They say that maintenance is the key to a long life. Be it your own body or your car, all things need regular care and rejuvenation. But honestly, are we really able to follow a regular check-up routine? Let’s talk about your car and your tyres for instance.
Your tyres are a critical part of the vehicle, more than you assume. They determine the car’s performance on the road and more importantly, your safety. A slight bulge that goes unnoticed can cause a tyre burst, or slight damage can lead to larger fuel bills. Surprised?
Then start taking care of your tyres today. The healthier your tyre, the better the performance, safety, fuel efficiency and so on. Your tyres contribute significantly to your vehicle's stability, its surface grip, and your overall driving experience. A damaged tyre invites an uncomfortable driving experience and is a safety hazard.
However, if you feel that in your busy routine, you don’t have the time to look after tyres, then think about it this way - precaution is better than cure!
To begin with, there are simpler ways to ensure that your tyre suffers minimal deterioration in its daily usage. Do note that a tyre can suffer damage in extremely subtle ways. So, it becomes critical to learn the best ways of driving and maintenance that can impact your tyre positively and reduce the possible damage.
Carmakers suggest that the rotation of tyres should happen after every 8000 to 12000 kilometers. This supports the uniform wear of tyres.
● Switching the tyres from powered axle to the non-powered axle allows an even wear of car tyres. Refer to the user manual provided by your car manufacturer to learn the best course of action for the rotation of your car tyres.
Thanks to the Indian road conditions, roadside undulations and obstacles are too frequent and bad for your tyres. How do you handle that?
● Say, while driving, you are confronted with an obstacle and evading it seems impossible, then slower your speed and then drive over it. But don’t forget to examine the tyre for a bulge or cut later.
● Speeding past bumps or uneven surfaces may lead to severe irreparable damage. If your tyres are ill-maintained, you even run the risk of a tyre blow out. Hence take it easy on such surfaces and ensure you drive right.
●Tyres are made out of rubber. This means that constant friction of the tyre with the road leads to their wear and tear. Hence, you must equip your vehicle with a good quality tyre which you can buy from any tyre shop nearby.
●Low-quality tyres can wear faster and deteriorate quickly. Ignoring the tyre's quality can lead to extra expenses in the long run.
●Rigorous high-speed driving, frequent hard braking, unnecessary acceleration can all cause damage to the tyres, and trigger faster wear and tear of the tyre. In some cases, it may also lead to uneven wear of the car tyre.
●Do you own a small-sized car? Make sure you do not overload your vehicle or exceed the permissible limit. This will put extra pressure on the tyres and accelerate their wear rate. You can find out the maximum load capacity of your vehicle in its user manual.
Misalignment and wobbling in a tyre can happen because of incorrect wheel alignment and wheel balancing.
● You can identify the issue by a simple examination. If your tyres are suffering from misalignment, you will instantly notice that one portion of the tread is more worn out than the rest.
● If not corrected through wheel alignment/balancing, this irregular wear will result in rapid wear on one side, causing frequent punctures.
● Driving on debris and unpaved or potholed roads can easily damage the tyres, hence avoid passing through such streets/paths. But, if it's inevitable, then be very careful while traversing over such surfaces. Go slow and swerve carefully to avoid driving on them.
● Beware of road hazards like stray nails, edged glass, sharp stones, etc. Avoid driving over these as they can cause severe damage to the tyre.
Overinflated as well as underinflated tyres can be problematic.
Lower air pressure in a tyre can result in the development of internal heat. This accumulation of heat causes premature deterioration of the tyre, as well as uneven wear.
● Overinflation may lead to a tyre blowout when driving at high speed. This is likely to occur during hot summers when excessive heat gets accumulated inside the tyre.
● A tyre with pressure higher than the prescribed limit suffers from premature tread wear. This primarily affects the central part of the tyre tread.
But don’t worry. You can counter this problem by sticking to the prescribed air pressure levels for each of your car tyres or bike tyres. The user's manual should help you with the required info.
So you see, to ensure your tyres don't suffer unnecessary damage, all you need to do is to keep checking them once in a while. And of course, drive carefully and safely.
Simple precautions like these can help you save up on expensive tyre repairs and your visits to the tyre shop will reduce.
Despite your best efforts, if you find your tyres deteriorating, you can find some reliable tyre options at your nearest CEAT Shoppe. Or just type the phrase “best tyre online” in your internet browser to find the best solutions.
Whatever you decide to do, always remember: if you take good care of your tyres, they'll take you places.