Tyre Tips to Abide By
Your tyres are the only contact your car has with the road, which means they play a big role in road safety of you and your loved ones. So how do you ensure these very essential parts of your car stay in optimal condition? The rules below can help you figure that out.
Always Buy Quality Tyres
When you walk into any tyre retailer in Tanzania, you are greeted by an assortment of tyres characterised by price, size, and performance. While your car’s manual provides a recommendation on the size and performance, the price factor is really a personal decision. You will find that renowned tyre brands are a bit on the higher side in price, in relation to obscure brand names. This is where the difference in quality comes in.
It is advisable to rely on the integrity of the tyre manufacturer, their experience and their investment in technology to create a premium product. We would recommend to always go for the quality brands.
In case you need a little more convincing on just how much a difference quality tyres make, watch this video from 5th Gear.
Strike a Balance in All Tyres
For optimal performance, all tyres in your car should have the same features. They should be from the same manufacturer, have the same pressure and preferably the same tread. Peter Heatly, of Michelin Tyres, recommends that you replace any tyre with a tread depth of less than 1.6mm.
Watch the Tyre Tread Closely
While driving, ensure that your braking and acceleration is smooth. Heavy acceleration and braking increases wear and tear of your tyres and reduce their lifespan. Your tyre’s tread is what gives your tyres grip on the road surface every time you’re accelerating, changing lanes or braking on different road surfaces. A tyre’s tread is determined by the tyre’s performance which is mostly linked to brands.
Keep the Tyre Pressure at its Ideal
When it comes to tyre pressure, always consider the car manufacturer’s recommendation. Tyre pressure should ideally be checked whenever you refill your fuel tank. Also good to note is that all tyres should have the same pressure at any given time to ensure balance while driving. Please note that;
- Under-inflated tyres will often overheat and end up damaging the rubber and sometimes the rim too.
- Over-inflated tyres will result in uneven tread wear and affect your control of your car.
Rotating Your Tyres
Did you know that the position of your tyres determines their wearing rates? For rear-wheel drive cars, rear tyres wear at a faster rate than the front tyres, for front-drive cars the ones at the front wear faster than the rear ones.
You should, therefore, rotate your tyres regularly to ensure they all wear at the same time. Also, when you decide to replace two tyres, replace according to their wear levels. This means that you replace the front tyres first for front-drive cars and rear tyres first for rear-drive cars.
At the End of the Day, Your Safety Matters Most
Your car tyres are the most crucial safety feature in your car. Ensure that they can survive all weathers and roads in Tanzania. Regularly check factors like pressure, tyre sidewall condition and the tread depth. Be safe, keep your tyres in good condition.