Tires and safety: seven keys to keep in mind

The tires are the most important part of the car once we get going. They are because they keep us in contact with the road, and allow us to stop the car and negotiate corners safely. Obviously the engine and the other elements of the car are essential to circulate, nobody doubts it, but perhaps the tires monopolize less attention than the other elements, in proportion, and are vital to circulate safely .

This apparent paradox means that every year thousands of tires are detected in poor condition, with irregular wear, with incorrect pressures, with nonexistent tread and, what is worse, unmatched tires, that is, tires of the same axle that show different wear. or one is new and the other is old. In short, irregularities and abnormal tire wear are detected that put driving at risk, and also put other drivers who share the road with us at risk.

Check your tires and stay safe on the road

To become aware, we show you this illustrative video in which we will see how to check the condition of the tires and why we must pay attention to the general condition of our wheels. This is important because in many cases the key to a tire being “sick” has to do with the driving style, with the driver’s own mistakes, and with poor maintenance. It can also happen that a tire is defective, but with the stringent quality controls of the main manufacturers, this probability is marginal.

The 7 keys to keeping your tires perfect

  1. The tires must have the tread intact, and above all they must have a depth of grating greater than 1.6mm .
  2. The tire pressure should be checked regularly so that it remains within the safety limits set by the manufacturer. If we are going to load our vehicle a lot or have a special situation, we must consult a specialist to correct the pressures appropriately.
  3. A damaged tire can show signs of fatigue, or injuries that compromise the safety and stability of the car. For this reason, it is necessary to avoid the curbs, hit the bumps and in general, check the tire periodically to detect possible irregular wear.
  4. Tread depth and rubber physical wear (aging) are two separate concepts: a tire with the tread intact may have lost properties if enough time has passed. In both cases the properties of the tire have lost capacity.
  5. A tire with little tread is prone to hydroplaning , and it also causes increased braking distance in both wet and dry conditions.
  6. Tires influence fuel consumption more than it seems . For this reason, keeping them in perfect maintenance conditions directly benefits our pockets because we will save fuel. Seen in another way, poorly maintained tires make us spend more.
  7. You can verify the depth of the tread of your tires by means of the indicator of the same, or with a coin of euro in a very simple way. That will tell you how close or far you are from the legal wear limit.

With these basic tips, you will increase the life expectancy of your tires and you will be sure of having a pleasant and smooth ride.