Tyre checks you need to do if driving in Hampshire

Driving in Basingstoke can be challenging. There’s always lots of traffic to deal with, whether you’re popping into town to go shopping, or driving on the East Ringway to get to the M3 motorway. You can often find yourself stuck in a traffic jam, or struggling to keep up on a dual carriageway, especially at peak times.

We all know that good brakes help to keep us safe on the road, but how many times do you think about checking your tyres? For all the technology that new cars currently possess, it’s crazy to think that 4 patches of rubber are the only thing in contact with the road. Your tyres go through a lot during everyday use, so it’s important that they are regularly checked, and maintained in good condition.

Winter tyre visual check

Tyre wear

The first thing to check is wear and tear. The combination of city and motorway driving in Basingstoke makes this especially important. When I last had my tyres changed, the staff at the dealers pointed out something which literally changed my world!! They told me to look between the tread for little wear bars. I’d never noticed them before, but now I check them all the time! Your tread should be higher than a series of bars which run across the width of your tyre. However, when the tread is level with the bars, it’s time to change the tyre, as it’s no longer safe to use. It won’t stop your car in the rain, and it won’t grip the road in the dry. For making sure that your tread depth is accurate, you can check with professional garages and even by new tyres in areas like Basingstoke on Point S site.

Tyre pressure

Whilst checking for wear, check that your tyres are pumped up to the correct pressure. We’ve all heard this before, but under or over-inflated tyres will wear down too quickly, and end up costing you more in the tank too. When they’re under-inflated, the sides of the tyre scrub on the road, causing the outside tread to wear down. If they’re pumped up too much, the middle section of your tyre wears down, leaving the outer areas untouched. Either way, you’ll be forking out for new rubber.

Where are they pointing to

Finally, check that they’re pointing in the right direction!! Sounds silly, I know, but they need to be aligned correctly. If they’re not sitting properly on the road, they’ll wear down just as if they were under or over-inflated.

The combination of these 3 simple checks has really changed my driving experience. My tyres last longer, and my car feels more responsive on the road. It even feels like I’m visiting the petrol station less frequently too!!

I’d love to hear how your tyre care has benefitted your driving.

 

 

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