Every motorist needs to check their car tyres on a regular basis as these are features that can impact the performance, safety, legality, efficiency and even cost of running a car. Car tyres are strong and durable, but they inevitably suffer from wear and tear particularly when a motorist spends a lot of time behind the wheel as they are in constant contact with the road. So, why is it important to check the tyres on a regular basis?
One of the primary reasons to check the tyres and ensure that they are in a good condition is safety. Car tyres need to have a strong grip on the roads so that people can drive safely, especially in bad conditions. Car tyres are in constant contact with the road, so you need to know that they are safe and in a roadworthy condition with a good stopping distance.
You also need to have high-quality tyres by law. This includes having at least 1.6mm of tread depth otherwise you will face a £2,500 fine (per tyre) and three points on your license. Generally, it is recommended that you change the tyres when they have less than 3mm of tread depth.
Emissions are another important factor when it comes to car tyres. Car tyres that are worn and/or not inflated to the correct tyre press will not be as efficient and increase emissions. Not only is this bad for the environment, but it will also cost you more money at the pump. This is why you need to examine the tyres regularly and keep them inflated to the recommended pressure.
So, how can you avoid any issues when it comes to your car tyres?
Check Them Regularly
The best thing that you can do is to examine the tyres on a regular basis. How often you check will depend on how often you use the car, but at least once a month it is worth checking the tyres for bulges, splits, cracks or any other kind of damage. You should also check the tread depth with a 20p coin and check the tyre pressure.
Use High-Quality Tyres
You also need to make sure that you buy high-quality car tyres when the time comes. You need to replace your car tyres when they are damaged or if the tread depth is too low or after 10 years/30,000 miles (you can find out when they were made by reading the markings on the sidewall).
It is important that motorists check their car tyres on a regular basis and keep them in good condition. This is important for safety, legal, performance and financial reasons and it is something that is quick and easy to do as a car owner.