Tyre safety refers to the act of giving the tyres of your vehicle the care they deserve. It is imperative considering the different types of surfaces on which they are forced to move. Check them regularly so that you can ensure that it is safe to hit the road.
Inspecting tyres- What should you check?
When you check your tyres you should take a note of
- The overall condition of the tyres, both the inner and outer sidewalls
- Tread depth
- The inflation pressure of each tyre individually
- Irregular signs of wear and tear
- The condition of the spare tyre
Inspecting them include all these and they are also known as the five-point check process. It is important because only that will ensure that you have better driving control, better braking distances between vehicles even in rainy conditions, and fuel efficiency.
What should you do if you find something wrong?
As far as inflation pressures are concerned, it is important to keep them right. The right inflation pressure for your vehicle can be viewed from your vehicle manual or apps that provide the approximate inflation values. But in case of a reduction in tread depth and irregular wear and tear of tyres, you should consider replacement of them.
Why checking inflation pressure is important?
Inflation pressure has to be just right because of inflation as well as under inflation would reduce the road contact of the tyre and reduces its life. Excessive center wear and susceptibility to impact penetration and abrasions can result from over inflation and underinflation/ overloading is one of the causes or tyre burst and excessive shoulder wear.
How to have a safe tyre on your vehicle?
The new vehicles that are purchased from the authorized dealers of the vehicle come with tyres that are quite safe. But, if you are considering replacing them, you can ensure their safety by checking out that
- The tyre you are about to replace is of the size and design recommended by either the vehicle or manufacturer or both.
- Use the same brand of tyres with similar tread pattern and size for all 4 wheels
- You may use radial or cross ply tyres, but it is better to avoid used ones that may be illicitly retreaded.
- In the case of a truck, there is a chance for the manufacturer to suggest the use of different sized tyres on the front and rear. In such a case use the radial ones in the rear and the cross plays ones in the front.
What are the factors you should consider for tyre selection?
You can make your decision on the same by considering
- Type of the vehicle – whether it is meant to carry passengers or goods.
- Load index– This refers to the type of load that is carried as well as the type of load
- Speed symbol– this indicates the sustained speed at which the vehicle can be operated.
- Matching the rim profile– the type chosen should match the rim perfectly without slips.
- Operating conditions– this refers to the terrain on which the vehicle would be operated most of the time.
Since tyre safety is closely related to your driving safety, it is imperative to check your them regularly. You should also respond quickly to any untold differences you find in them. Apart from safety, you must know that you would not get insurance coverage if you are found driving the vehicle with a bald tyre.