Tyre Safety before Christmas
Christmas time. The silly season. It’s a little crazy, plenty busy and there’s lots to think about - all those last minute gifts, planning what you’ll be cooking for Christmas lunch and did you remember to RSVPto your mate’s BBQ? In amongst all of this, it’s easy to overlook one very important thing - the condition of your tyres.
The weather’s getting warmer, you’re probably taking longer, or more frequent trips in your car to visit family and friends - so you owe it to the safety of yourself, your passengers and other road users to ensure that your tyres are in their best condition.
While our team here at Tyre Zone Capalaba can’t help you with that last minute gift for your Secret Santa, we can give you some handy tips regarding how best to care for and monitor the condition of your tyres this Christmas season. Consider it our gift to you.
You can conduct a visual inspection of your tyres when you’re carrying out a tyre pressure check. Look for signs of damage that may be the result of a sharp object such as a nail or stone, which may have penetrated the tyre. Also keep an eye out for cuts, tears or bulges that may be the result of contact with road hazards. If you spot something of concern, or aren’t sure about the condition of your tyres then come into Tyre Zone Capalaba and we can assess your tyres for you and advise you of any potential findings.
Checking and adjusting your tyre pressure can be done by either yourself or the professionals here at Tyre Zone Capalaba. Always follow and maintain the manufacturer’s recommended inflation pressures to ensure the safety and performance of your vehicle, as well as tyre longevity.
The tread depth on your tyres shouldn’t fall below 1.6mm (the legal limit is 1.5mm). This is essential for safe braking and effective water dispersion.
A simple method for checking how much tread is remaining is to use a 20c coin - place it into the tread of your tyre and if it doesn’t reach the bill of the platypus that means there’s less than 3mm of tread remaining. Alternatively, you can assess your tyres using a tread depth indicator, which are available for purchase from an auto parts store.
You need to complete a tyre rotation according to your vehicle manufacturer’s recommendations, or at maximum intervals of 10,000 kilometers. This process involves the moving, or rotation, of your tyres so that they trade places on your vehicle in a systematic way to achieve as even a wear as possible. Completing regular tyre rotations will help you to get the most life out of your tyres.
A wheel alignment is vital when it comes to ensuring that you get the best wear and performance out of your tyres. When your wheels are correctly aligned - your vehicle handles better. When tyres become misaligned you can experience irregular tyre wear as well as compromise the safety of your vehicle. Signs that you may need a wheel alignment include feeling as though your vehicle is pulling to one side of the road, or your steering wheel starts to vibrate or shudder when driving at higher speeds.
During the holiday season the chances of an incident or a collision increase - more people are out and about on the road, and you’re taking more frequent trips in your car (for all those ‘can’t miss’ Christmas celebrations and shopping trips!). So if you think your tyres could do with a little love, come in and see our friendly and experienced staff here at Tyre Zone Capalaba. Whether you want to book your vehicle in for a tyre rotation and wheel alignment, or if you think you could do with a new set of tyres - we stock a great range, including Kumho, Toyo, Michelin, BFGoodrich and Falken to name just a few. Perhaps you could even ask old mate Santa for a new set...
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