Keep pressure up on tyre test

THE tyre experts at Bob Jane T-Marts have offered their top 10 tips to help motorists have a safe and enjoyable journey

• All tyres slowly deflate over time, therefore tyre pressures should be checked every two to three weeks.
• Tyre pressures should only be checked when they are cold. Your vehicle’s recommended tyre pressures are located on a placard usually on the inside edge of the driver’s door.
• Although the minimum amount of tread required for a car to be roadworthy is 1.6 mm, it’s wise to replace tyres at 2mm, as wet-weather grip is diminished when there is only a small amount of tread.
• To check tread depth, put a match head into the tread grooves, and if any part of the head shows above the grooves it’s time to replace the tyre. Tread depth cards are also available free from your local T-Mart.
• Regularly check tyres for wear such as tears or bruises on sidewalls as well as embedded objects like nails or stones as they may lead to a puncture.
• To keep water and dirt out of tyre valves replace missing tyre valve caps.
• And most importantly with all these checks … don’t forget the spare!
• Regular wheel balances ensure your tyres run smoothly on the road which helps to improve your vehicle’s control, especially on wet roads.
• Wheel alignments and rotations maximise the life of your tyres by ensuring your tyres wear evenly.
• Match the same tyre treads on the same axle. Different brands grip differently which can cause handling problems if mismatched.
For more information on tyres, expert advice and unparalleled service, speak to your local Bob Jane T-Marts expert.