The Importance Of Tires In Driving Safety

The Importance Of Tires In Driving Safety

Taking driving experience for granted and forgetting the intricate complexity of what it takes for a car to start, drive, stop and respond in the way you want it to, tends to happen more often than not. We rarely give any thought to how our car performs – until it no longer performs the way we expect it to. While every component and its upkeep is important to keep your car running, your tires are significantly important and one of the main things you need to check up on and keep well maintained in NZ.

Why are your tires so important? Well, think about this: of the entirety of your car, including you, your passengers and luggage, the tires are the only things that ever touch the road. While they may seem large when you look at them, only a surface area roughly the size of a hand ever stays in contact with the road at any time, and that small portion of rubber determines how well you drive, accelerate, brake, handle, the traction you have, and how comfortable your drive is. It’s a whole lot of responsibility for one component to carry. This is why you need to ensure that your tires are always in good condition, properly fitted and maintained.

Tires that no longer offer the usage quality they should have can compromise not only your ability to brake and steer but create an overall, consistent possibility for accidents.

How To Ensure Good Tire Conditions?

Now that you understand just how important the role of your tires are to your safety and that of everyone around you, here are a few tips on how to properly maintain your tires and get the most time and best performance out of them:

1) Proper Tire Pressure

It only takes a few seconds to check the tire pressure of your car when you stop at a petrol station, and yet it’s very often overlooked by drivers for long periods of time. Improperly inflated tires make a big difference in your driving experience and fuel consumption, so take the time to ensure your car’s tires are inflated to the right degree.

2) Monitor Tire Wear

Every so often, check the tread on your car’s tires to ensure they are still safe to use. If the tread is worn down too much, you’ll have much worse handling on the road and the risk of aquaplaning increases. Also, check if your tires are worn down consistently if you had them all installed at the same time and rotate your tires when needed.

3) Wheel Alignment 

Schedule annual wheel alignment appointments so that a professional can ensure that your car stays on the road and responds to you as it’s supposed to. If you find your car veers to the left or right on a straight, take it in for a wheel alignment.

4) Timely Replacement

If your tires aren’t in good condition and they clearly don’t grip or handle as they should, don’t ignore it. This may be an unpleasant expense, but it is vitally important.

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