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Take the Dread out of Checking your Tyres

  • Supa Sassy-Tips/Guides

Be #SupaSassy and check your tyre, it can be a life saver

Life as a woman can get pretty demanding. From what to do with your bad hair day, to wondering how you can get your voice heard in the working world, we'll bet that the condition of your tyres is pretty much the last thing on your mind.

Yet these seemingly unimportant rings of rubber that move you and your passengers to and fro can make the difference between life and death. Here's how you can make sure your tyres are always in good shape:

1. Earn tread cred

The tread on your tyres indicate the amount of traction and grip you will have on the road during wet and dry conditions. They determine your stopping distance and traction in rainy conditions. Check that your tyre tread is at least 3mm deep – and remember that 1mm is the minimum legal limit.

Also read: Causes of Uneven Tyre Wear and How to Spot it

2. Pressure points

Over inflating your tyres can be dangerous as this can lead to the tyres bursting. At the very least it can also increase tyre wear and tear as well as fuel consumption.

Check your tyres at the fuel station about once a month.  The recommended tyre pressures for your car can be found in these three common places:

  • The inside of your passenger door frame
  • The car's manual
  • The inside of the fuel cap

Also read: Why the Correct Tyre Pressure is Important for Safety

3. Balancing act

To check your wheel balancing, drive your car on an open, straight piece of road, only when it is safe to do so, let go of your wheel for a couple of seconds. If your car pulls to one side, your wheels need to be balanced and aligned. Be sure to check alignment before major road trips, and to help extend your tyres’ tread life do check for alignment every 10,000km.

Also read: What you need to know about wheel balancing and wheel alignment

4. Beat the bulge

Check your tyres regularly for any bulges, cuts and cracks as these can prove to be very dangerous while driving.

Of course, our tyre experts are always on hand to help you with any tyre concerns you may have and are trained regularly to ensure that your vehicle is the safe haven it should be on our roads.

If you have noticed your tyres need attention, contact your nearest Supa Quick to help you out. You can also drive in for a free vehicle safety check.

Disclaimer: This information is for educational or informational purposes only. We do not make any warranties about the completeness, reliability, and accuracy of this information. The views expressed in this article are the views of the author and not necessarily the views of Supa Quick.

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