It is highly important to check your car tyres regularly, there are various things to look out for that might mean you need to change them. Changing a tyre can be quite a tricky task, especially so if you haven’t done it before. You can either try to fit it yourself, ask a family member or the safest option of taking it to a garage to see a professional. You should never compromise with the tyres, but also check what the garage charge will be before you agree to them being changed.
One of the first things to check is the shape of your tyre, if it is under or over inflated then they may need replacing. An under inflated tyre will have a tread pattern that looks squashed together and the edges of the tyre will look worn away. An over inflated tyre is the opposite; the tread pattern will look stretched and will mostly be worn away in the centre. If your tyres are misaligned this will cause wear to one edge of the tyre. Ensuring that your vehicles tyres are properly placed on and inflated to the right level will ensure an even wear.
Tyres should be checked often throughout the year, but during the winter time they should be checked even more so. When the roads are wet or covered in snow the minimum tyre tread depth goes up from the legal 1.6mm to 3mm. The better the tread depth, obviously the better grip on the road you have so make sure to check. You could take it to a garage to ask them to check if you are unsure but it is simple to do. One way of testing is to use a 20p coin, simply insert it into the lowest tread depth of your tyre; if the coin isn’t visible then your tyres are safe.
Another thing to check out for is cuts; you can acquire a break in the tyre if you roll over a sharp object. A cut will mean you need a new tyre fitting as soon as possible. If you notice that your car isn’t handling the road as well as normal and doesn’t grip as well in wet weather then ask a professional to take a look. It can be difficult to identify tyre damage as the effects show gradually but it is always best to have them checked.