One of the most important things you can do before heading out on your travels, is to check out your car tyres. Keeping your tyres maintained will save you money on petrol and helps it last much longer.
The condition of your car tyres is far more important than you may think. They are your main link with the road surface. You need friction, and this is not always under your control entirely. It is your responsibility for you and any passenger to ensure your car, and in particular, your tyres are up to standard. The following tips should keep your tyres in terrific shape and you will have less to worry about on your journey.
Contact with the road involves many factors to consider. Friction usually comes from the contact of the rubber on the tyre making contact with the asphalt on the road. Gravity on the mass of the car is causing the contact, and we need more weight to keep the friction more equal between your car tyres and the road surface. If you lock your brakes, then inertia becomes greater the vehicle will take much more in the way of friction to bring it to a halt.
Any air pressure in the tyres will be subject to change the rubber by way of stretching, and this will create an overfilled tyre to have decreased amount of friction. Snow and mud play a role in decreasing any amount of friction, as the grooves will not maintain contact between the road and rubber. This is where the tread on the tyre comes into play. The grooves in the tyre decrease “the hydroplaning” effect that cause hazardous driving conditions.
Always make sure you choose your car tyres carefully and the ones you buy must be the correct size that is recommended by an expert. The loading recommendations are not to be underestimated. Your car dealer can advise you of the best ones to select, and the ones most suitable for your particular driving. A tire gauge is essential, and it would be inadvisable not to have one in your car. You will be sure to know then if you need more air in your tyres.
The tyre pressure should be checked once a month, at least, and this is crucial if you are planning to go on a long trip. If the tyre is under inflated, this could lead to complete tyre failure. The problem of over inflation also comes into play as this causes wear, which can be uneven, and can lead to problems when you put on the brakes. It is far safer to always take the advice of your manual to find the recommended air pressure.
The reason it is better to cut your speed in wet weather is the tyres tread increases, so enabling better traction on the road surface. Remember to rotate the tyres on average about 5,000 miles or so. Any show of uneven wear on the tyre must be corrected along with imbalance, mechanical problems or misalignment. This must always be done before rotation. If the car is pulling over to one side, an expert must always be consulted.
The tread of car tyres must be checked also, and this is extremely easy to do by placing a coin into the groove of the tread. You will instantly know when you need to replace them. On your car tyres, the sidewalls must not have any cuts or bulges, and you must take care not to overload the car and create extensive heat inside the tyres.
The tyre balance is another thing you should check regularly because this can cause irregular wear over time. All this might sound over prudent, but the importance of checking your car tyres cannot be overstated, as it will give a far better sense of safety on the road.
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