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20th Mar 2013

Behind the Wheel: Driving Tips 101

You don't have to be a car expert to know that your tyres are a very important part of your vehicle but it might be worthwhile reading up on how to take care of them properly.

While it’s usually easy to spot a flat tyre, it’s not always so easy to spot one of the more subtle issues with the tyres on your car. And the best thing about it is that by keeping an eye on the little things you can reduce your chances of getting a puncture.


From tread to traction, pressure to punctures, these are the key things you need to keep an eye on when it comes to your tyres.

1. It is important to check your tyre pressures on a regular basis. Tyres that aren’t inflated correctly can increase your chances of getting a flat and can also affect the amount of grip your vehicle has, as well as the amount of control you have, on the road. Your user’s manual should contain information on inflation pressure and remember that temperature impacts on pressure levels so take the weather into consideration.


2. One of the main problems that can arise with tyres is wear and tear. Hard accelerating and braking can lead to uneven wear and a loss of traction on the road. To avoid this rotate your tyres every so often and take it easy on the roads. Remember to check your tread depth (it should be at least 1.66mm) and replace if necessary.

3. Asides from doing your own checks, it is wise to get your tyres serviced by experts. It is easier for them to check things such as balance and alignment. But if you carry out some of the other checks, chances are you will save yourself money in the long term and the hassle of a puncture.


4. Also keep an eye on your spare tyre because sometimes, no matter what precautions you take, you can’t avoid a flat tyre. If and when this happens you will need to rely on your spare so make sure it’s in good condition and don’t forget that when driving with one you shouldn’t exceed 50 mph.

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