Modern cars are often fitted with a set of good quality tyres when they first roll of the production line even if they are not made by a premium tyre brand. Whether you drive an older car or a newer one, it is a good idea to purchase the highest quality tyres that you can afford. On both older cars and newer ones, premium tyres will usually last for much longer than cheaper ones because they are simply more durable on British roads. If you are planning a longer than usual journey – such as driving to London for a holiday – then premium tyres will come in handy not only because they are more reliable but because they are safer. High-quality tyres offer greater traction and are able to shift more water if you happen to drive through rain. What should you be doing to maintain them and remain safe in your car?
Check Your Inflation Level
The first thing on your holiday checklist should be to confirm the level of air pressure in your tyres. Older cars tend to suffer from under-inflated tyres, in particular, because the engine has to work that much harder to turn wheels with partially flat tyres. New cars, too, can lose the ability to steer and swerve with tyres which are not pumped up to the recommended level.
Check Tyre Tread
Use a gauge or consult a professional to confirm your tyres have enough tread. Without sufficient grip, your car will be dangerous to drive. It is highly recommended that you replace your old, worn out tyres as soon as possible. In order to have the right tread – you can find new tyres you need and book them in London from DAT Tyres’ website.
Inspect Your Spare
Before you fill your boot up with bags and kids toys for your summer break, check your spare tyre. Although there is no legal requirement to have a spare in your car with you, driving without one is a mistake whether you car is old or new. Make sure the tyre is adequately pumped up and in good condition to fit, if you were to need it.