Looking after your car is incredibly important for your finances but also for your own satisfaction – you spend a lot of money on a car and it is something that people will judge you on and see you in often so making it look the part is important if you want to feel and look good.
When it comes to maintaining cars though, often we think mainly about the most obviously visible aspects such as the body of the car. However even more important than the look of your vehicle is how safe it is, and how well it drives, and if you don't take care of this aspect then you will put yourself and others at risk every time you take your car out for a spin or have to do the commute to work.
And when it comes to maintaining the safety and function of your car there are few things more important than the tyres. Your tyres are what keep you gripping to the road, and they are what hold your car up and propel you forward – if they aren't in good condition then you will find your car goes slower, is less responsive and is less comfortable to drive. Changing your tyres from time to time for new ones is an important way to make sure they perform, but also important is to maintain the ones that you have in order help save yourself money and in order to avoid having to drive on them when they've deteriorated. Here we will look at a few ways you can do that.
Choose Your Roads
When you plot out your route on a long journey or even a shorter one, it's a good idea to look ahead at the quality of the roads. This way you can then ensure that you avoid gravel tracks or roads with a lot of pot holes which will mean your tyres undergo less stress and are less likely to puncture or tear. Sometimes of course gravel tracks are unavoidable and you have no choice but to take them – so if you do then just try to drive more slowly to limit the damage.
Slow Down Early
Slamming on the brakes at every opportunity isn't great for the brakes themselves, for the environment or for the wheels as it means you're likely to skid somewhat thereby damaging the tread. Instead then, keep an eye on the road ahead, keep a good gap between you and the car in front, and sow down by just releasing your foot from the gas pedal.
Maintain Your Suspension
The role of your suspension is to allow your tyres to bounce up and down a little without having to lift the entire car. This means they have less weight on them when they go over sharp (so they're less likely to puncture) and for you it means a more level journey which is much more comfortable.
Blow Them up Often
Keeping your tyres pumped will save energy and get you to your destination quicker, but it will also again help to protect your wheels.
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Trevor Pacheco works at BSA Wheels, for more information about their products and services click here
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