Bridgestone’s tips for tyre safety and maintenance
Considering how important tyres are for a smooth and safe drive, it is surprising just how quick and it is easy to care for them. Follow these tips this summer to avoid any mishaps.
All drivers must be aware that:
- Tyres that are not correctly inflated and/or worn out will affect the braking distance of the vehicle.
- Incorrectly-inflated tyres or uneven tyre pressure can seriously affect handling, making it difficult or even impossible to drive in a straight line or steer around corners.
- Over inflated tyres cause bumpy rides, while under-inflated tyres make the ride too soft and steering heavy.
- Incorrect inflation can affect fuel consumption and stress the steering system.
By following these tyre care tips, and conducting simple regular checks, drivers will not just save time and money, but more importantly, stay safe on the road.
Do A Daily Visual Check
- Check that all tyres have about the same inflation pressure.
- Check the sidewalls for cracks or unusual bulges.
- Check for and remove any foreign objects (e.g. stones or nails) that could puncture your tyre.
- All tyres come with a tread depth indicator.
- When the indicator is flushed with the rest of the tread (usually about 1.6mm), it is time to change the tyre.
Check the Tread Depth Indicator
Check for ANY
This is when one section of the tyre is more worn out than the rest. Irregular wear tends to occurs when:
- Tyres are not uniformly inflated.
- Tyres are not balanced.
Wheels are out of alignment.
- Rotate tyres every 5,000km
- Visit a reputable tyre shop or garage for tyre rotation.
- Check your owner’s handbook for rotating sequence.
- Have your tyres balanced at the same time.
Do A Monthly Tyre Pressure Check
- Use a proper tyre guage to measure tyre pressure.
- Check pressure and inflate only when the tyres are cold (a hot tyre will show inaccurate reading due to inflation).
- It takes as long as four hours for a tyre to cool down so it’s best to check tyre pressure first thing in the morning.
- Your vehicle tyre pressure chart can usually be found on the driver’s door frame or in your owner’s handbook.
- Remember that the PSI indicator/ air pressure of the tyre has to be 2 degrees less in summer than winter.
- Don’t forget to also inflate your spare tyre.
- Misaligned wheels cause tyres to wear more quickly and irregularly, and prevents the vehicle from running or braking in a straight line. The suspension and steering components will also be subjected to extra stress.
- It is a good idea to have your wheels aligned by a computerised alignment machine. A reputable workshop should have the wheel alignment specifications of your vehicle model.
Check the Wheel
Bridgestone is currently conducting a Tyre Safety and Eco Station (TSES) road show, which encourages drivers to develop good habits for tyre care, and learn about the positive environmental impact of maintaining correct tyre pressure. The road show will be hitting Dubai in September (date to be announced).
The TSES is a family oriented educational and entertaining activity with separate areas, the Adult Zone and the Kids Zone.
In the Adult Zone — the awareness and education area — drivers can learn some very easy and simple steps to check the proper tyre air pressure and avoid the dangers of driving with underinflated or overinflated and worn-out or damaged tyres.
In the Kids Area, children can enjoy eco-themed drawing activities, face paintings and giveaways.