Ty­re tips for ad­ded sa­fe­ty

George Herald - Southern Cape Property Guide & Auto Dealer - - News -

We of­ten don’t gi­ve our ty­res a se­cond thoug­ht - until so­mething hap­pens. Your ty­res are, ho­we­ver, vi­tal to your sa­fe­ty and o­ver­all car per­for­man­ce. Just li­ke the so­les of your shoes suf­fer we­ar and te­ar from wal­king long dis­tan­ces, o­ver ti­me, your ty­res ta­ke a be­a­ting too. It’s im­por­tant that you know how to pro­tect and look af­ter ty­res, as well as in­spect them to de­ter­mi­ne w­hen it’s ti­me for a new set.

Tal­king a­bout ty­res, you’ll need to un­der­stand so­me ty­re ter­mi­no­lo­gy. The­re are fi­ve main terms you’ll need to un­der­stand:

Your ty­re width is me­a­su­red from si­de­wall to si­de­wall.

Your ty­re’s as­pect ra­tio is the ra­tio (%) of your ty­re’s heig­ht to its width. An as­pect ra­tio of 70, for ex­am­ple, in­di­ca­tes the ty­re’s heig­ht is 70% of its width.

Your w­heel di­a­me­ter is the heig­ht of your w­heel in in­ches.

Your ty­re’s speed ra­ting is the max­i­mum speed it can tra­vel. T­his fi­gu­re ap­plies to ty­res that are cor­rect­ly in­fla­ted and not car­rying a he­a­vy lo­ad.

Your ty­re’s lo­ad in­dex re­fers to the max­i­mum ca­pa­ci­ty (in kg) that your ty­res can car­ry.

You may no­ti­ce ot­her mar­kings on your ty­res, such as:

Pas­sen­ger vehi­cle - P Ra­di­al ty­re con­structi­on - R U­ni­ted Na­ti­ons Com­mis­si­on for Eu­ro­pe com­pli­ant - ECE

T­re­ad we­ar in­di­ca­tors pla­ce­ment - TWI

Da­te of ma­nu­fac­tu­re (four di­git co­de) and ty­re pres­su­re in­for­ma­ti­on may al­so be vi­si­ble on your ty­re.

The­re are se­ver­al ways to ex­tend the li­fe span of your ty­res Ma­ke su­re your ty­res ma­tch. W­he­ne­ver you re­pla­ce ty­res, try to re­pla­ce all four si­mul­ta­ne­ous­ly. If t­his isn’t pos­si­ble, at le­ast en­s­u­re that you buy ma­t­ching pairs. Al­so ma­ke su­re that the new ty­res ma­tch the ol­der on­es you’re keeping, and mount the ne­wer ty­res on the dri­ven ax­le - t­his will gi­ve you bet­ter sta­bi­li­ty, en­su­ring a sa­fer ri­de.

C­heck your ty­re pres­su­re re­gu­lar­ly

Your ty­re pres­su­re im­pacts your car’s hand­ling on the ro­ad, as well as your fu­el ef­fi­cien­cy. The wrong ty­re pres­su­re can we­ar do­wn your ty­res fas­ter, and af­fect your a­bi­li­ty to bra­ke pro­per­ly, cau­sing a sa­fe­ty ha­zard. Your ty­res lo­se pres­su­re o­ver ti­me - so it’s a good i­dea to get them chec­ked w­he­ne­ver you stop to fill up with pe­trol. If you’re not su­re w­hat the i­de­al ty­re pres­su­re for your vehi­cle is, you can find the cor­rect ty­re pres­su­re on the in­si­de of the d­ri­ver’s door.

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