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Let’s be honest. You probably have not made many checks of your car over the course of the winter months. This is quite common, especially when you are constantly returning home from a day’s commuting in the dark. Except for filling up with screen wash, few of us make the same car checks in winter that we do at other times. When the clocks change, it is a good reminder to look at the condition of your car, taking great care to focus on its tyres particularly.
As well as topping up with oil, inspecting your brake pads and making sure that all of your exterior bulbs are working, what tyre checks should you be making in the coming weeks?
Although all drivers are supposed to check their tyre pressure every few thousand miles or so, not everyone does this systematically. The truth is that a kick to each of your tyres to ‘test’ if it is under-inflated or not won’t be adequate. Yes, you can tell if your tyre is severely under-inflated this way, but you cannot determine its exact pressure. The next time you refuel this Spring, take your car to the garage’s air pump and inflate your tyres to their recommended level of pressure. You can find out what your car model should be inflated to by looking in your owner’s manual or in the door jamb.
Wheel Alignment & Correct Tyres
If you have been driving all winter on motorways with grit on them or country lanes with lots of potholes, then your wheels could easily have become misaligned. Winter driving conditions often mean not being able to spot rocks and sticks in the road that cause your tyres to shift out of alignment over time. When your wheels are misaligned, they will wear down more quickly so have them checked and recalibrated. If your old tyres need replacements, you can buy new tyres at Point S website without any trouble. Bear in mind that you can end up saving money as a result of realigning your tyres.
Check for Items Sticking In
Nails, screws and even sharp pieces of wood can easily become lodged into your tyres without you realising it. Although modern tyre manufacturers make products that don’t immediately deflate in such circumstances, you could be driving around on a tyre that is more liable to blow out if it has something sticking in. Don’t pull out sharp items like this but have your tyre replaced by a professional.
Look for Bulges and Tread Depth
Winter driving means wearing down your tyres because they have to cope with slippery surfaces and increased use of the brake. This can cause excessive tread depth wear which might mean that your tyres have become bald – or close to it – on certain spots. Tyres without sufficient tread depth in any area, even if they are legal for most of their circumference, are not legal to drive on and should be removed. Equally, tyres that have cracks or bulges on their outer walls are likely to cause a problem and ought to be exchanged for brand new ones.