It can be too expensive to consult a mechanic over every little issue or query with your car, so it is best practice for all drivers to learn how to perform some basic checks and small maintenance tasks at home. In this way, not only will your tyres always be in top shape, you will save your budget too! When it comes to tyres, Kent has a lot of road surface to cover, some of it in great condition, other areas less so: it is always better to be safe rather than sorry! Here are some quick and easy tyre maintenance jobs that you should add to your to-do list without delay.
Keeping your tyres at the correct pressure is necessary for the best working of your car. Having the tyre pressure at optimum levels gives you a smoother safer ride and ensures that your tyres can respond well, no matter the road surface on which you are driving, and in any weather – although fitting winter tyres is recommended if temperatures regularly drop below 7°C.
Tread depth is vital to road safety on wet surfaces, and it is very easy to check. If you look at a 20-pence piece, there is a thick band on the outer edges of the coin (both back and front). Stand the 20p coin up in the deepest part of the treads and measure where that band comes to. If the whole band is below the upper surface of the tyre, then your tread is deep enough and you can continue to drive on the roads with a clear conscience and peace of mind. If, however, you can see any part of that band protruding above the upper surface of the tyre, then you should take immediate steps to replace your tyres – and do not delay as it is a legal requirement for tyres to have at least 1.6mm of tread depth around 75% of the tyre for safe operation. Readers can get robust tyres in Kent at the best rates from Dartford Tyres, order online or visit their garage today!
Signs of Damage
But the very best thing you can do for your tyres is to give them a quick visual inspection once a fortnight or so, checking them over for wear and tear and signs of damage. When it comes to tyres, simple usage can cause tyres to wear, manufacturing defects can make their presence known in time, and, of course, there is always the risk of vandalism or accidental damage. Simply looking over your tyres can help you spot problem areas before they develop into a major issue for you.