Most car owners realise that car maintenance is important. They want to keep their family safe, and drive a reliable car as well as avoid falling foul of the law.
However, despite this there is one area of car maintenance that many people seem to completely forget about, and that is tyre care. You regularly see cars for sale with worn tyres.
In many countries it is the number one reason vehicles fail their annual government mandated safety inspections. It is also the number one issue the Police find when they pull vehicles over. Of course, that is not the case in every country, but it is certainly true of most.
This is unfortunate. There are several reasons why tyre maintenance is important.
Top of the list of reasons to maintain your tyres has to be safety. If your tyres are not in good condition, and properly maintained the chances of your having a serious accident are greatly increased. In wet conditions, the average family car, which has bald tyres, takes twice as long to stop as one that is fitted with tyres that have sufficient tread.
Less wear and tear
Properly inflated tyres wear more evenly. This means that they do not need to be replaced as frequently as those that are run at the wrong pressure. If there is not enough air in your tyres the edges will wear quicker than the middle. The opposite is true if you over inflate your tyres.
A more comfortable journey
Not to mention the fact that being a passenger in a car that has under or over inflated tyres is rarely comfortable. Poorly inflated tyres has a significant negative impact on the way the vehicle rides.
Lower maintenance costs
The fact that the way the car rides is so badly affected means that other parts like the suspension are put under considerable additional strain. The net result is that, other parts of the vehicle need to be replaced more frequently.
Improved fuel economy
Most members of the public are already aware of the above two points. However, what is not so well known is that running with the right pressure in your tyres will help to keep your fuel costs under control. On recent study carried out in the US showed that someone who covered around 12,000 miles per annum would save between $300 and $500 on their fuel bill.
Less chance of being fined
It is important to bear in mind that the law requires you to maintain your vehicle in a roadworthy condition, between official inspections. If you get pulled over by the police and your tyres are found to be too worn, or you are missing your spare there is a good chance that you
will have to pay a fine.
Should you be unfortunate enough to be involved in an accident, even if it is not your fault, there is a chance your vehicle will be inspected. In some circumstances, you may find that your insurance has been invalidated by the fact you have been driving your vehicle in an un-roadworthy and unsafe condition.