Collaborative Post | Your tyres are the only point of your vehicle in direct contact with the road, and they can affect so much about your drive that it is vital to keep your tyres in excellent condition. If you are someone living near or in Buckinghamshire like me, and you love taking your family on longer drives around the area, this is a sign that you should start prioritising your tyre health along with other important car care checks too!
Here are some of the top reasons you should never neglect your tyre's health.
It won't get better if you leave it!
Unlike the human body, which is great at self-repair, machines do not get better if you wait and see. Any issues will almost certainly worsen over time, and the longer you leave it, the worse – and more expensive – the repairs and replacement are likely to be! If your tyres are new and there seems to be something concerning going on with them: excessive noise, an unusual response to the steering wheel or anything vague but noticeable, then that might mean that you just need to wait for the tyres to settle and be 'run in' – but even new tyres should not cause you any concern. Think of the difference between a new pair of shoes that needs to be softened and moulded to your foot versus a faulty pair of shoes which actively rubs and skews your foot as you walk: you will be able to tell if your tyres have a severe problem.
Smoother drive, greater comfort
Healthy tyres offer a smoother drive, which means that you are more comfortable while on the road. You may not notice a bumpy ride if your commute is short, but drivers who are in their car for an hour or more every day will certainly notice it – and arrive home exhausted and irritable if the tyres are very bad. If this is the case for you, and if you are looking for a tyre replacement in Buckinghamshire - you can check with Broadway Autocentre or call 01494 680914.
Reduce vibration and noise
Along with a smoother ride for you, healthy tyres offer reduced vibration and noise, which, yes, adds to your comfort while on the road, but it also has an impact on the vehicle itself. Vibration is often thought to be something insignificant and not of particular concern. However, as people who regularly use heavy machinery such as jack-hammers and power drills know only too well, there is a risk of 'hand arm vibration syndrome' which is something that happens when repeated exposure to high levels of vibration cause nerve damage, resulting in numbness, tingling, loss of strength and more in hands and arms – sometimes so debilitatingly that those workers have to take medical retirement from their work. Tyre vibration is perhaps not quite so serious, but over hours of driving the minute shaking can have a markedly damaging effect on your vehicle's smaller moving parts, causing damage, misalignment and breakage.
Less wear and tear
Healthy tyres that are properly aligned and balanced (processes which can take mere minutes to perform with today's modern technology) are easy on the axle, spinning with little friction and causing minimal wear and tear. Like vibration, there is always going to be some wear and tear, but keeping it to a minimum is an excellent idea if you want to keep your tyres in tip-top condition.
Tyres should be kept at the recommended level of inflation for the most efficient working. This is to be found on the tyres themselves, online, or in the car owner's manual, and it is so vital to keep the tyre pressure at the right levels that it has been enshrined in law via the annual MOT test. Tyres that are properly inflated roll smoothly, work efficiently, allow the brakes to bite correctly, and generally aid in the correct running of the car – it can even save on your fuel consumption – and who doesn't appreciate that with the current cost of living crisis!
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