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The importance of keeping your tyres in good shape

For most of us, purchasing tyres isn’t an exciting activity. It’s a sizeable investment and at the end of the purchase, nothing seems any different. You don’t have a new television to watch or computer to work at; you just have new tyres that probably look exactly like your old tyres. But, that’s how it supposed to be. The key to new tyres is that they keep your car moving like it did when you first drove it off the lot. But if you’re not quite ready for a new set of tyres, there are some essential maintenance tips you should follow to ensure your tyres are at the top of their game. Why is this so important?

Did you know that under-inflated tyres wear out faster because they tend to overheat and also experience increased rolling resistance, therefore requiring more fuel to maintain their speed?

Did you know that over-inflated tyres lead to poor vehicle handling on the road causing unnecessary risk for the driver? Additionally, whether your tyres are over or under inflated, if they aren’t correctly inflated they will suffer more damage and will need to be replaced more frequently. So if you don’t like buying new tyres, then you really need to ensure your tyre pressure is correct.

In order to maintain fuel efficiency, minimise risk and hopefully costs, then you need to regularly check your tyre pressure. Ideally you should be checking your tyre pressure roughly every 2-4 weeks. It’s not uncommon for tyres to slowly lose air pressure over time, so don’t judge your tyres by a quick glance and kick. Actually use a properly calibrated tyre pressure gauge, as this is the only way to ensure accuracy. Don’t forget, all of those potholes and bumps in the road will cause your wheels to fall out of alignment meaning your tyres may wear unevenly or even prematurely. You should have your wheels realigned regularly at the same time as your rotation and balancing appointment, thus ensuring your tyres lifespan.

If you’re ever unsure of how to best undergo tyre maintenance, call your local Tony White Group dealership’s service department for advice or to book in your next service. If you have any other queries, send us an online enquiry through our website and one of our helpful team members will be in touch.