Monitor the pressure, check that there are no lumps or cuts, check the alignment … these are three of the five golden rules to keep your tires in good condition.
The tires They are a fundamental component for the active safety of the vehicle, since they are the only point of contact with the asphalt. For this reason, it is vitally important to regularly check their condition, to check that the level of wear is not excessive and that they maintain the appropriate pressure. From the hand of Comfortauto we review five golden rules for conserving tires.
1. Check the tire pressure
Pressure is one of the key factors influencing the premature tire wear and aging.
- Excessive pressure will cause greater wear on the central part of the tire, in addition to reducing the contact surface with the asphalt and consequently also reducing the grip
- Too low pressure, which will cause uneven wear (this time on the outside of the tire) and reduce the contact surface
It is recommended to review the manufacturer recommended pressure at least once a month, and always before a long trip. Riding with the right pressure, in addition to contributing to our safety, will reduce the risk of damaging them, and will help us save fuel.
2. Monitor tread depth and tread wear
Keep in mind that a tire worn below legal limit (1.6mm), stops fulfilling its function and is dangerous since grip decreases and braking distance increases, multiplying the risk of skidding or the dreaded aquaplaning.
To guarantee maximum grip and traction, the tread depth of the tires must not exceed 1.6 millimeters (established legal limit), being it is advisable to change it when the depth of the drawing is less than 3 millimeters.
In this sense, it should be remembered that driving with tires below the legal limit carries a penalty of 200 euros, and even immobilization of the vehicle if it is verified that the tire wear is “serious”.
3. Examine for damage to the eraser
It is not unusual to find tires with bulges on their sides as a result of a hit against the curb, or small cuts and scrapes, as well as cracks caused by the passage of time and use. All this means having to go through the workshop and change not only that wheel, but its partner on the same axle since we are in danger of having a blowout in full gear.
4. Check the alignment
If the vehicle does not maintain a stable trajectory (it goes to the right or left when we release the steering wheel for a few seconds) or there is a steering wheel vibration, it is probably because the tire alignment is not correct.
Some misaligned tires they prevent a correct grip to the road, therefore, its operation will be deficient. Hence the importance that the 4 wheels are always in line.
5. Check the valves and the caps of the tires
Valves are responsible for maintaining the tire tightness By containing the air pressure at the junction of the tire with the rim, therefore, they are a fundamental component. These small elements undergo a very severe strain during their life. When in doubt of poor sealing of the valve, it must be completely changed.
This article was published in Autobild by Noelia López.