As any intelligent and aware driver will know, the condition of your cars tyres is more important than probably any other part of the vehicle. Imagine traveling along a motorway at sixty miles per hour and having a blowout. This kind of situation is potentially lethal for you and every occupant in the vehicle and is obviously something every driver wants to avoid.
Possibly what is stopping so many people from performing basic checks on their vehicles before they use them could be the thought that they will be unable to spot damage or irregularities, or maybe it is just sheer laziness. Either way, checking your vehicles tyres before you use it is not a complex operation, it just requires some basic knowledge and a few minutes of your time; if you think of the potential consequences, you would be foolish not to.
To begin with you need to first ensure that the tyres that are currently fitted to your vehicle are in line with the manufacturers specifications. This basically means that you need to check you are using tyres with the correct dimensions. In order to find out what you should be using, open up that dust covered owners manual and the advised tyre specifications should be in there. Check that ISO metric tyre code with the code on the sidewall of your tyres and hopefully they will match! You also need to make sure you are using tyres that are suitable for the environment in which you drive. Basically, only use dry or semi-slick tyres if you never expect to experience wet weather driving, otherwise make sure you are using all-weather tyres.
After you have established that the tyres on your vehicle are correct, you now should check that they do not show any signs of exterior damage. This undertaking can be a little time-consuming as the main contact area of the tyre is difficult to inspect and you may need a torch to see properly. However, the most important part you need to check is the sidewall and that part is the easiest. Be on the look out for any damage at all, however small, as even the tiniest notch in the rubber can potentially cause a blowout. While you are there, check the outer rim of the wheels for damage too.
You also need to check for any deformities in the tyres such as bulges in the outside wall. These are caused by damage to the internal structure of the tyre and can ultimately cause a blowout if not noticed. Lastly, make sure your tyres are inflated to the advised pressure displayed on the outside of the tyre.
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