As the driver of your vehicle, you are responsible for ensuring your tyres are in a roadworthy, legal and safe state. Tyres are your only contact with the road and your family’s safety, and your own, depends on them.
Our 6 top tips for Tyre Safety Month are:
1. Make sure your tyres are properly inflated and checked at least monthly and especially before long distance travel.
2. Do not forget your spare tyre! Check and adjust its air pressure and make sure it is properly secured. (most space savers require 60 psi)
3. Check the condition of your tyres by looking for lumps, cracks and bulges.
4. Look at your tyres treads, if they are wearing unevenly it is an indication that your vehicle may need a wheel alignment. The legal minimum depth of tyre tread is 1.5 mm but Bettertyres recommends it is safer to replace tyres when the tread depth is down to 3 mm. http://bettertyres.co.nz/?p=360
5. Remove any objects like stones etc that have become embedded in your tyres treads.
6. Do not let a shaking steering wheel ruin your holiday season motoring; get your tyres checked and wheels balanced. Sometimes this vibration is caused by faulty tyres; it is never too soon to replace them!
Or if all of this is in “the too hard basket”, then take your vehicle to your local tyre professional. Most tyre shops are happy to give a free tyre safety and tyre pressure check.