Tyres are the point of contact between your car and the rough road. Therefore, tyres require routine care to perform optimally and last long. Tyres can get worn out much quicker than car owners usually think. Worn out tyres can make driving difficult and even risky. Therefore, here are the most important tips you should know as a car owner about taking good care of the tyres:

2007 Pontiac Solstice GXP tire pressure check

Check the Tread Depth

The tread depth is a good indicator of whether your tyres are actually worn out or not. You would want to avoid replacing tyres both prematurely or too late. Premature tyre replacement does not actually make your vehicle run better. If you wait too long to replace tyres, then you are putting yourself at risk of a serious road accident. A tyre should typically have a tread depth of at least 1.6 mm. In Australia, tyres must have a depth between at least 1.5 and 1.6mm to consider as roadworthy. This is calculated considering thread width and circumference as well. Some people prefer to place a small coin (the size of an American penny) between the threads and see if it sinks or stands out. If the coin stands out, then the treads need replacing.

Check Tyre Pressure Every Month

The right tyre pressure is important for the tyre to maintain its shape and hold the vehicle’s weight. Tyres are inflated or deflated depending on the type of road you are travelling on. For example, if you plan on going on a road trip to the outback, your tyres may require deflating or inflating to handle the rough terrain. The ideal tyre pressure depends on the season as well. Tyres are typically more inflated for the colder months. It’s highly recommended to check tyre pressure each month to make sure the inflation levels are as recommended for the road and the weather. You can choose a digital tire pressure monitoring system provided by a qualified auto mechanic to automate the task (for the most part). The right tyre pressure saves fuel costs, maintains proper mobility of the vehicle, and keeps your car safe on the road.

Balance the Tyres

Balancing refers to ensuring that each wheel holds similar amounts of weight when installed in the car. A wheel is considered out of balance when one part of the car is heavier than the rest. Wheels are typically balanced when tyres are replaced, but it can be done otherwise as part of routine maintenance as well.

Wheel Alignment

Wheel alignment isn’t actually performed on the tyres, but on the suspension of the car. However, this procedure is very important for maintaining mobility and preventing uneven wear on tyres. It refers to making sure the angles of the wheels are correct. The right geometry of your tyres can get affected by regular driving, especially when driving over objects on the road. Go to a qualified auto mechanic to get the suspension system aligned.

Check tire pressure monthly

Rotate Tyres

This is one of the highly recommended routine maintenance tasks. Rotating tyres between positions ensure even wear among all four. Then it’s easier to replace tyres on time.

Car owners should have tyres inspected by a professional mechanic at least once a year. If you plan on driving off road, then get the tyres checked out before you go.