Are Your Tyres Ready For The Holidays?
The latest Bridgestone European tyre survey shows that 63 percent of motorists drive on under-inflated tyres and almost 20 percent have at least one tyre worn down below the legal minimum tread depth.
As school holidays in most Australian states have kicked off and many families are setting off for road trips, it is this time of the year again when motorist should make sure that the tyres are up for the trip and holiday ready.
These are Bridgestone’s top 3 tips to make sure your tyres are safe:
1. Check your tyre pressure – You can find the recommended levels inside the fuel filler cap, in the driver’s door and in the vehicle owner’s manual.
Remember that a car loaded with passengers and baggage needs higher pressure, which is usually indicated in the owner’s manual.
2. Check your tyre tread depths – Bridgestone recommends at least 3mm depth, if in doubt, and if you see any signs of damage or uneven wear across the tread pattern, visit your tyre dealer immediately.
3. If you are towing a caravan, don’t forget to check its tyres too – especially if you only use the caravan occasionally.
Caravan tyres are designed for higher load capacity and greater resistance to lateral forces, in order to improve stability in the wind, so don’t ever try to fit car tyres on your caravan and remember that caravan tyres should be changed on average every 10 years, even if they don’t look worn.
One last tip: load your caravan carefully, do not overload the rear but spread the load evenly to reduce the risk of zigzag and instability. An overloaded caravan is an offence, and it’s dangerous too.
Save travels and happy holidays!