Why Checking Your Tyres Regularly is Important

Published on: 16 March 2015

Your tyres are critical to the overall performance of your car. They are also the only contact between your car and the road.

If your tyres are badly worn, it doesn’t matter if your brakes are in the best of shape, because if your tyres can’t transmit the traction and braking force that you exert on them, your car will slip. Tyres with non-existent tread also won’t have the capability to disperse water in a safe manner, meaning that your moving car will also start slipping and sliding as soon as it starts to rain. And last, but not least, if your tyre pressure isn’t correct, your tyres will wear down quicker, which can lead to any of the abovementioned safety issues. What also deserves mention is that if your tyre pressure is low it can seriously affect your fuel efficiency.   

As you can see, it is of vital importance that you check your tyres regularly.

Check your owner’s manual to find out what the correct tyre pressure is for your vehicle and watch out for these signs of tyre deterioration: 

  • Cracks,
  • Deep cuts,
  • Bulges,
  • Distortion of the tyre tread,
  • Separated or perished rubber,
  • Any other signs of damage,
  • Vibrations through the tyres when you drive,
  • Persistent loss of inflation pressure.

It is recommended that you change your tyres immediately if you notice any of these signs.

Ensuring that your wheels are perfectly aligned is also important, because if your wheel alignment is out, the integrity of your tyres will be affected.  Your tyres will wear down unevenly and their lifespan will be significantly reduced.

How do you know your wheel alignment is out? Watch out for these signs:

  • Uneven or rapid tyre wear,
  • Pulling or drifting of the steering wheel when driving on a straight, level road.

All tyres should also be replaced after 45 000km or ten years after their manufacturing date. Even if your spare tyre has never been used, it is also advisable that you replace it after 10 years.

Considering that you share the road with other drivers, making sure that your vehicle is in perfect working order is not only important to ensure your safety, but theirs as well. At the end of the day, being a responsible road user comes down to three things:

  • Adhering to the rules of the road
  • Having car insurance
  • Making sure that your car is in tip-top shape

By adhering to the rules of the road and ensuring that your car is in tip-top shape you are doing everything in your power to guarantee your well-being and the well-being of your fellow road users. By having car insurance you are ensuring that you can be held responsible for your actions should anything go wrong. 

Is car insurance really that important? The answer is yes! If you want to know why have a look at this video: 4 Reasons Why You Need Car Insurance.