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Regular auto tire checks

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Making regular car checks is a good idea because you’ll often spot things that could cause problems if left unchecked.

You don’t have to do thorough car checks each and every time you drive, however relatively often is advisable.

Take a look at the full width of the tire and follow it all the way around to see you’ve got good tread depth and no unusual lumps, tears or nails embedded. Any of these can cause blow outs so it’s worth looking at fairly regularly.

You can be surprised when doing this what you pick up. I’ve found nails and bits of metal wedged through the tire without air leakage.

This obviously gets worse the more you drive generally beginning with a slow puncture. Eventually it’s going to mean the tire deflating and is a safety risk on the car.

Watch out particularly when visiting refuse centers to dump off your unwanted garbage. This is usually where your tires will pick up this sort of thing.

As part of the car checks regularly check tire pressure also. Most standard vehicles with standard tires would have a normal tire pressure anywhere between 29 PSI (pounds per square inch) – 35 PSI.

It’s well worth a quick read in your particular car manual for the exact figure for your car.

Regular auto tire checks

The right pressure will help in a number of ways.

Fuel saving
When a tire is correctly pressurized the right amount of tire rubber is touching the road.

Friction is caused by the tire rubber touching the road and to much rubber touching will increase friction.

The result – your engine works harder to push the car along and uses more fuel.

Handling and safety
The tire maintains shape better and keeps the optimum contact with the road during cornering and braking.

They are also safer and less likely to suffer from tire wall damage, punctures or blowouts.

Over or under inflating can cause handling issues and the risk of a blowout.