There is no escaping the muck during the monsoon season and the worst thing is to clean the dirt when it sets on your car tyres.It is not just the dirt you need to take care of during monsoons but also ensure your safety. So to keep you safe during the rainy season, we spoke to a number of tyre dealers and found out some useful tyre safety tips which can be useful in monsoons as well as in the summer heat. Make sure that you keep these tips handy in order to maintain your car tyres for a long time.
1. Tread Depth For Safe Running
Tyres are required to have a minimum tread depth of 1.6 mm in all sides. All tyres come with a tread depth indicator and it is advisable to change your tyre in case the tyre has been worn out till the tread depth indicator. Using the tyre any further will increase the braking distance and can cause loss of control over the vehicle ( especially in wet situations).
2. Tyre Rotation
This helps in wearing out your tyres evenly. Some manufacturers usually specify a rotation period in terms of Kilometres. In case the tyre rotation period is not specified, tyres should be rotated every 5,000 Kms -10,000 Kms.
3. Removal And Fitting
Tyre removal and fitting should only be done by a trained professional who possesses the necessary material as well as expertise to handle tyres. Improper handling can cause severe damage to tyres as well as to your expensive alloys wheels.
4. Tyre Pressure
Tyre pressure is very vital for the health of the tyres as well as for getting optimum efficiency from the vehicle. Tyre pressure should always be filled in accordance with the OEM specified limits (Mentioned in the user manual as well as the driver side door sill). Too low pressure will cause the tyres to overheat or burst and too high pressure will reduce comfort as well as cause the centre of the tyre to wear faster.
Recommendation-Check tyre pressure at least once a month.
5. Wheel alignment
Another essential measure that needs to be taken care of to ensure good tyre life and safe running of the vehicle in wheel alignment. Signs of incorrect wheel alignment include vibration and tendency of the vehicle trying to pull on one side of the road.
6. Wheel Balancing
Unbalanced wheels can lead to extreme damage to the vehicle suspension and cause irregular tyre wear. Wheel balancing is required for every individual tyre which is mounted for the first time or if it is mounted after repair.