Looking after your tyres
We recommend you check your tyres at lease every 2 weeks.
Maintaining Correct Tyre Pressure.
There are 3 main reasons why maintaining the right tyre pressure is important. The first is safety. Tyres that are under inflated can overheat; and over inflated can lead to poor vehicle handling on the road.
The second reason is economy. Over or under inflated tyres suffer more damage than those with the correct pressure and need to be replaced more regularly. Vehicles with under inflated tyres have increased rolling resistance that requires more fuel to maintain the same speed.
The third reason for maintaining the correct tyre pressure is the environment. Correct tyre pressure helps to maintain fuel efficiency. This can equate to lower CO2 emissions coming from your vehicle.
The correct tyre pressure setting for your vehicle is in your vehicle Handbook and also displayed on the driver’s side door sill.
Always check tyre pressure with a tyre pressure gauge when your tyres are cold.
Check for external damage.
Cuts, lumps and bumps are often caused by the impact between the tyre and the gutter, pothole or an object on the road. If your tyre has any of these symptoms then you must have the tyre checked by a specialist, as this sort of damage can lead to sudden tyre failure.
Wheel alignment is also an important step in maintaining and prolonging the life of your tyres. Kerbing or potholes affect your vehicles wheel alignment settings which can lead to rapid or uneven tyre wear. We recommend that the wheel alignment is checked every time new tyres are fitted.
Also emergency braking can sometimes leave your tyres with a “flat spot”. This can be another reason for premature tyre replacement. If you have any concern or are in any doubt over the state of your tyres please seek specialist advice.
It’s a driver’s responsibility
Australian Law requires that your vehicle is fitted with the correct type and size of tyres for your vehicle type and for the purpose it is being used. This means fitting the right tyres and ensuring they are inflated to the recommended pressure.
Laws such as the Occupational Health and Safety Act place even greater focus on the need to carry out regular tyre checks as part of a routine maintenance plan.
If you aren’t sure on the condition of your tyres and think you may need new ones simply give us a quick call on 1300 687 000 and our tyre technician will give you some expert advice.