8 THINGS NOT TO DO WITH YOUR TYRES
Given that your car’s tyres are the only part of the car that should be touching the ground at all times while driving, it’s fair to say that they will undergo significant wear and tear if they’re not looked after correctly.
Not only is replacing tyres more than necessary costly, treat them badly and you could also be putting yourself and other road users in danger. Bad tyres also make for a bad drive, so it really is worth it to be kind to your tyres!
Here’s what we consider an absolute no-no when it comes to your tyres.
1. DON’T DRIVE ON BAD ROADS, ALL THE TIME
While you can’t always avoid driving on bad roads, you certainly should if it’s possible. Driving on bad roads constantly will wear your tyres out quickly. If you can avoid roads with potholes, uneven roads or dirt roads your tyres will thank you.
2. DON’T LET YOUR TYRES GO FLAT
It sounds obvious doesn’t it? But one of the most common reasons tyres get damaged, is because they haven’t been checked and inflated when needed. All tyres will lose some air pressure over time, even the best ones – so next time you are at the petrol station, head over and check your tyres.
3. DON’T UNDERESTIMATE GETTING YOUR TYRES ROTATED AND BALANCED
If you’ve had to change a tyre yourself, you might be tempted not to rotate your tyres or have them balanced afterwards. It’s a little bit more work that has a lot of benefits. Getting your tyres rotated and balanced keeps them wearing evenly, which means there’s not added pressure on one tyre over the others. Your drive will be safer and smoother, and you’ll avoid wearing one tyre out quickly.
4. DON’T USE TYRES THAT AREN’T THE RIGHT FIT
Tyres that are too large or too small for your vehicle, are not only hazardous, but also illegal. Choose the right sized tyres for your car to avoid compromising your suspension or brake capacity.
5. DON’T BE HARD ON YOUR TYRES
It’s pretty simple – if you treat your tyres badly, your tyres will cost you more money. Sudden braking, or going around corners at high speed, is bound to have a huge effect on your tyres. Unless you need to brake hard, during an emergency, it’s best to be kind and gentle on your tyres.
6. DON’T LEAVE HOME WITHOUT A SPARE
Most people carry a spare tyre in their car. Where the mistake is often made, is when they don’t replace the spare after needing to change a tyre, or that they don’t check the spare and make sure it’s in good condition. Both of these situations can put you in a bind – so ensure you have a spare at all times.
7. DON’T BUY POOR QUALITY TYRES
Poor quality tyres will always cost you more in the long run. Not only are you at risk of them bursting due to excessive wear and tear, they’ll wear so quickly you’ll need new ones far more often than you should.
8. DON’T FORGET TO CHECK TREAD DEPTH OF YOUR TYRES
Air pressure isn’t the only sign of a tyre problem. In New Zealand the minimum tread depth is 1.5mm. If your tread depth is even getting close to that, you should consider having them replaced.
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Drury Tires have grown to become one of the biggest automotive tyre outlets in South Auckland. As a family business, we pride ourselves on having the experience and knowledge on tyres. We are happy to provide you with high quality tyres and discuss all the do’s and don’ts when it comes to your tyres! Contact us today or chat to us online.