Driving with tyres that haven't been properly maintained can be dangerous and even fatal.
An improperly maintained or damaged tyre can explode without warning with tremendous force, resulting in injury or death. Here's how to lower the risk of that happening.
Check your tyres' air pressure regularly
- You should check each tyre's pressure (including your spare) once each month and always before a long trip.
- Always do it before you've driven too far. The tyres need to be cold to give an accurate result.
- All tyres lose air over time. This is normal, especially in warmer weather.
- Don't exceed the load-carrying limits.
- Check the load-carrying limits on your tyres' sidewalls. These should never be exceeded. Overloading builds up heat which could lead to failure.
- Try to avoid road hazards but if you've run over glass, rocks or the curb of the road, check the tyre for any external damage.
- If you're not satisfied you can get your tyre demounted and checked for internal damage at your closest tyre dealership
Keep an eye on the wear bars on your tyres. When the tread is worn away enough that the wear bars connect it's time to replace the tyre.