New Zealand has a comparatively mild temperate climate and it is generally accepted that “all season tyres” are suitable for all of our seasons unlike some countries where winter weather is so extreme that special “winter tyres” are required. But it is important for drivers to carry out regular checks on their tyres; especially at this time of year so they can make sure their tyres are safe for the fast approaching winter months. The Campaign for Better Tyres recommends motorists check their tyres monthly and before long journeys.
While a tyres tread depth must be the legal minimum of 1.5 mm, Better Tyres maintains this is not enough for very wet and treacherous conditions and recommends that tyres are never run below 2.00 mm. Better still, consider fitting new tyres when the tread depth drops below 3.0 mm.
You should also be checking your tyres for cuts, nails, bulges and cracking; tyre manufacturers never make tyres that way and any tyres with these defects should be promptly replaced or in the instance of punctures, repaired if possible. Also, you should check your tyres air pressures with an accurate gauge; and don’t forget your spare tyre!
The Campaign for Better Tyres wishes you happy and safe winter motoring!