QTR (Bridge­stone) Toowoomba

The Chronicle - - Motoring -

With lo­cal fam­i­lies pre­par­ing to head off on their sum­mer hol­i­days and peo­ple spend­ing more time on the roads dur­ing the fes­tive sea­son, now is the time to be check­ing the safety of their ve­hi­cles.

We at Bridge­stone, Car­ring­ton Road, are urg­ing mo­torists to keep their fam­i­lies safe on the road this hol­i­day sea­son by check­ing the con­di­tion of their tyres.

When you con­sider your car is only con­nected to the road by the equiv­a­lent of one hand­print of tread from each tyre, it re­ally puts into per­spec­tive how im­por­tant tyres are to your fam­ily’s safety. Tyres should be checked reg­u­larly, es­pe­cially when you have pre­cious cargo - your fam­ily. Worn tyres give less con­trol over your ve­hi­cle and in­crease the time it takes to stop when brak­ing, so it’s cru­cial that tyres are well main­tained and in good con­di­tion.

• Make sure there’s enough tread on your tyres. You can as­sess this by check­ing the tread depth in­di­ca­tors. Each groove must have at least 1.8mm.

• En­sure the tyre pres­sures are set to the ve­hi­cle man­u­fac­turer’s rec­om­mended spec­i­fi­ca­tions. This can be found on your ve­hi­cles tyre plac­ard.

• Check the spare tyre - is it in­flated and in good con­di­tion?

• Make sure all your tyres are fit­ted with valve caps. Their job is to keep the air where it should be - in the tyres!

• Look for signs of ir­reg­u­lar tread wear. They might in­di­cate me­chan­i­cal prob­lems else­where.

• Check for small cuts in the tyre side­walls and look for any other for­eign ob­jects, such as nails, in the tread.

If you’re in any doubt as to what a tyre in good con­di­tion should look like, drop in and see us at the Bridge­stone Ser­vice Cen­tre, 35 Car­ring­ton Road, or call (07) 4633 0099. We will be happy to help en­sure you have a trou­ble-free hol­i­day.

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