With summer around the corner there are a few things to consider when it comes to your tyres. One of them is tyre maintenance. If you change between winter tyres and summer tyres, your tyres get a thorough check approximately every 6 months. If you don’t change the tyres and stick with an all-weather tyre for the whole year, then it is even more important that you take the necessary steps to maintain your tyres.
Check your tyre pressure on a regular basis. The tyre pressure will change when the temperature changes, so if you keep the same tyres all year around, it is critical that you check the tyre pressure. Underinflated tyres will wear out faster and will cause your vehicle to consumer more fuel. It can also cause irreparable damages to your tyres. Overinflated tyres will create a smaller contact surface between the tyre and the road. The lower contact area gives you less traction, which prolongs your braking distance and may increase the risk for accidents.
In addition, you need to check your tread wear, by measuring the tread depth. Compare the depth between the front and the rear tyres to see if you need to rotate the tyres. The tread depth should be more than 4mm. If you go below that, it is not safe to drive anymore and you need to purchase a new set of tyres. If the difference between the front tyres and the rear tyres exceeds 2mm, it is time to rotate the tyres. Rotation ensures that it is easier to control your car and you can buy a new full set of tyres when they are worn out. Only changing 2 tyres will impact your driving ability as you will have different grip on different positions of the car, so always try to buy a full set of 4 tyres.
You also should do a visual inspection of the tyres. Look if you can see any damages, cuts or cracks on the sidewalls from hitting e.g. curbs. Check also the tread pattern to see if the wear looks even on the tyre. If you detect uneven wear, you should visit a tyre service station to have the tyres checked. You might have to change shock absorbers or adjust the wheel alignment.