Wheels and tyre safety guide

Wheels and tyre safety guide to keep you on the road

Winter has arrived in South Africa and this means slippery surfaces for some motorists. Your tyres are the only items keeping you firmly on the road, they ensure that you get to your destination safely and in one piece. Looking after your tyres is vital to your safety. Here are a few tips to ensure your tyres are roadworthy;

Age Of Tyre
The rule of thumb is to never use tyres that are more than six years old.

Tread Depth
The legal limit for car tyre tread depth is 1.6mm across 75% of the tyre. The deeper the tread, however, the more grip you have on the road. Should the tread be less than 3mm, you should consider changing tyres. You can check it with a tread depth gauge, which are somewhat inexpensive should you wish to purchase one.

Over / Under Inflating
Both over and under inflating tyres can be somewhat detrimental to them. They will wear out prematurely and could only last half the lifetime. It can also cause a loss of traction, due to the change in grip thus creating a more uncomfortable ride.

Under inflation can be as dangerous. If the tyre is underinflated, more of it touches the road and it creates more friction. Increased friction can lead to the tyre overheating and cause premature wear, tread separation, and blow outs.

Wheel Alignment
Wheels can lose their alignment in several ways. You could hit pot holes, curbs, or experience simple wear and tear. You can tell that the alignment is off if you feel like the steering wheel is pulling in a certain direction while you are driving. Lightly hold the steering and if the car starts pulling either left or right, you will need to get your alignment done. Try and have your alignment checked every 50 000 kms. You can, at the same time, have your wheels balanced and rotated.

Wheel Balancing
When a wheel turns, the weight along the rotating axis needs to be properly balanced. If this is not happening, there can be wobbling and vibrations. Wheel balancing equalizes the combined weights of the tyres, so that it can run smoothly. It is recommended to do a wheel balance every 10 000 kms.

Wheel Rotation
This is the practice of swapping the front and back tyres. The front and rear axles differ greatly, which affects the distribution of weight on the wheels. Depending on whether the car is front- or rear-wheel driven will determine which has more weight on it. It is recommended that a re-balance is done every 8 000 kms.

Source: Compareguru

Iemas Insurance Brokers offers a value added product called TyreSure.
TyreSure covers your tyres against potholes, cuts and normal road damage. No excess payable (wear and tear excluded). TyreSure is an additional premium depending on the package chosen.

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Read other interesting blog articles here: Safety tips for driving in heavy rain or Preventative measures to protect your vehicle

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