Top Tyre Maintenance Tips

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Tyre maintenance is an extremely important aspect of owning a car. Tyres are the only link between your vehicle and the road surface which is why it’s so important to ensure that they are safe. Below, we’ve shared our top 5 tips for maintaining your tyres to a good condition.


1. Use the Correct Tyres


We’re kicking off our tyre maintenance tips with one that may seem really obvious. However, you’d be surprised how many people don’t use the correct tyres on their car; usually as they’re trying to save a bit of money. It’s really important to use the correct tyres on your car as it increases your safety and can also improve fuel economy. Don’t scrimp on the correct tyres; think of tyres as an investment and if you maintain them well, you’ll be getting the value out of them.


2. Check Tyre Pressure


Checking tyre pressure is always one of our top tyre maintenance tips. You should check the pressure of your tyres at least every month and always before going on a long journey. The correct pressure reduces the risk of losing control of your car and can also save fuel. You’ll be able to find the correct tyre pressure for your vehicle in the manufacturer’s handbook.


3. Check Tread Depth


It’s illegal to drive your vehicle if the tyre tread depth is below the legal minimum. The UK legal minimum tread depth is 1.6mm across the central ¾ of the tread width and round its entire circumference. If your tyres are getting towards the legal minimum or you have any doubts and don’t know how to check, take your car to a specialist.


4. Wheel Alignment


Wheel alignment is when your wheels and axles are properly aligned; it’s difficult to know if they are whilst you are driving. If you happen to come into contact with a kerb or pothole or notice any uneven wear on your tyres, it’s best to have them checked out by a specialist.


5. Replace or Repair


Our final tyre maintenance tip is about replacements and repairs. It’s inevitable that your tyres are going to need to be replaced at some point; the frequency of needing to do this will depend on your driving habits and road conditions. Your wheel valves and valve caps will also deteriorate over time which can allow air loss; it’s important to have these checked for repairs or replacements. If you think your tyres need repairing or replacing, take your vehicle to a specialist.


If you need any further assistance with tyre maintenance or other aspects of your car, get in touch with the team at NMT Garage Services. Fill out our online contact form, or give us a call on 01234 355888.

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