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Spring Check: Essential Actions for Drivers to Ensure Tyre Safety

Updated: Dec 13, 2023



One crucial aspect of vehicle maintenance during this transition from spring to summer is checking your tyres. Properly maintained tyres enhance your safety on the road and contribute to better fuel efficiency. In this blog, we’ll discuss four essential actions for drivers to take when checking their tyres in spring.


1. Inspect the Tread Depth:

The condition of your tyre tread is crucial for maintaining traction and grip on the road. To check tread depth, use a tread depth gauge or a coin. Place the gauge or coin into the tread grooves and measure the depth. Ideally, the depth should be above the legal limit, typically 1.6mm. If the tread is worn close to or below this limit, it’s time to consider replacing your tyres to ensure optimal performance and safety.


2. Check Tyre Pressure:

Fluctuating temperatures during spring can cause changes in tyre pressure. Therefore, it’s essential to check and adjust the pressure regularly. Refer to your vehicle’s manual or the sticker on the driver’s door jamb to find the recommended pressure. Invest in a good-quality tyre pressure gauge and check all four tyres, including the spare, when they are cold. Properly inflated tyres not only improve fuel efficiency but also enhance handling and braking performance.




3. Inspect for Signs of Damage:

Winter driving can expose your tyres to various hazards, such as potholes, debris, and icy conditions. Spring is an ideal time to thoroughly inspect your tyres for signs of damage. Look for cuts, bulges, cracks, or any foreign objects lodged in the tread. Any visible damage can weaken the tyre’s structure and lead to a potential blowout. If you notice any issues, consult a professional tyre technician to assess the damage and take appropriate action.


4. Rotate and Align:

Regularly rotating your tyres helps ensure even wear and extends their lifespan. Spring is an opportune time to perform this task. Consult your vehicle’s manual for the recommended rotation pattern. Additionally, consider getting a wheel alignment done to correct any misalignment caused by rough winter driving conditions. Proper alignment improves handling, reduces tyre wear, and enhances fuel efficiency.

By following these four essential actions when checking your tyres in spring, you’ll maintain optimal tread depth, achieve the right tyre pressure, identify and address any damage, and promote even wear through rotation and alignment. By taking proactive measures, you’ll enjoy a safer and more enjoyable driving experience as you embrace the new season. Remember, when in doubt, consult a qualified tyre professional to ensure the utmost safety on the road.


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