Before you head off on your next road trip, it is absolutely vital that you have done a thorough review of your vehicle before departure. Any problems which your car may run into are problematic, but should it happen during a road trip, it becomes even more of a pain. Added to this is the additional danger which you could be in if your car isn’t right, especially given the amount of time which you will be spending on the road.
One particularly important aspect which you must review is the tyres on your car, and here is what to look out for in order to make sure that they are road-ready, and why it is so important.
There are many reasons why getting the right tyres for your car, and ensuring that they meet specifications, are so important. The first reason is efficiency, should your tyres be over or under inflated, this can have a large impact on fuel consumption. Secondly it is vital that your tyres are up to scratch because in many cases there can be illegality attached to the quality of your tyres. Finally you must think about safety, if your tyres are not right, they could affect your driving style, making manoeuvres more dangerous.
Not all cars use the same tyres and so you should ensure first that those which you do have fitted, match the specifications for your car. If you are in any doubt, you can go to a local garage or retailer like TyrePlus, to ensure that you have the right sized tyres on your car.
When it comes to safety and efficiency, you should always make sure that your tyres are properly inflated. Each tyre is different and will require a different amount of air depending on the type of tyre and the weight and size of the car. Inside your user manual you will find out exactly how much air to put in your tyres. If you under inflate your tyres it will greatly affect braking distances and the overall security of your car, as well as using more fuel, over inflated tyres can also affect handling, and they become more prone to being pierced by debris on the road.
Tyres do go bald over time and it is up to you to make sure that you replace them when the tread is at a dangerous level. Having tyres which do not have sufficient tread on them can result in a fine from the police, as the car is incredible unsafe when it lacks tread. If you aren’t sure whether or not you tyres need to be replaced, head to your local garage or buy a tread gauge gadget, and measure for yourself.
Even if your tyres are good to go, you should always err on the side of caution and make sure that you have a spare in the boot, or even a foam filler which can pump your tyres back up temporarily, if you should get a flat whilst you are out on the road.