1st october to 21st october 2023
tyre safety month, an annual campaign held throughout october, is aimed at encouraging drivers to prioritise their vehicle's tyre health. this initiative is especially crucial as the colder months approach, and road conditions become more challenging.
- tread depth matters:
- the legal minimum tread depth in most places is typically around 1.6mm. however, for optimal safety, it's recommended to replace tyres when the tread depth reaches 3mm.
- adequate tread depth is essential for effective water dispersion on wet roads. insufficient tread can lead to hydroplaning, increasing the risk of accidents.
- tyre pressure affects performance:
- maintaining the correct tyre pressure is crucial. underinflated tyres reduce fuel efficiency, decrease handling stability, and wear out faster.
- overinflated tyres can lead to a harsher ride, reduced traction, and increased risk of a blowout.
- regular inspections are key:
- tyres should be inspected regularly for signs of wear and damage. look for cuts, bulges, or uneven wear, and address any issues promptly.
- inspect tyres before long trips and after encountering rough road conditions or potholes.
- rotate tyres for even wear:
- tyres on the front and rear of your vehicle wear differently. rotating them regularly promotes even wear and extends their lifespan.
- consult your vehicle's manual for recommended rotation intervals.
- correct alignment matters:
- misaligned wheels can cause uneven tyre wear and negatively impact handling and fuel efficiency.
- regular wheel alignment checks and adjustments can prevent these issues.
- seasonal tyres enhance safety:
- consider using winter tyres in colder climates. they provide better traction on snow and ice, improving safety during winter months.
- all-season tyres are suitable for milder climates but may not perform as well in extreme winter conditions.