It is almost the end of the first week of June, and there have been no signs of rain in Mumbai. And when it rains in Mumbai, the commuting time to work increases, the traffic on the road increases, basically, there is chaos everywhere. There’s still time for you to sort out some of the issues related to your car before the monsoon hits us in full swing. It is really important that you take care of your car’s condition. The most neglected bit are the tyres of a car, which are stretched over by the Indian public by doing some kind of jugaad that could possibly be dangerous. So, here are a few tips that will ensure your car’s tyres are in better shape eventually when the rain comes down.
1. Monitor Your Car’s Tyre Pressure
It is quite handy to keep a tyre air pressure measuring device that you can use to check the air pressure or you can even get it checked at the fuel station. There have been so many cases where the major cause of a tyre burst was due to the inappropriate air pressure level in the tyres. The best way is to always get your tyre pressure checked whenever you make a visit to the fuel station so that you know what is the current air pressure in the tyres and accordingly top it up if necessary.
2. How to know the correct Tyre Pressure?
You don’t have to open your car’s owner’s manual to check for your car’s standard tyre pressure, you just have to open the door on the driver’s side door and you can see a sticker which will indicate the correct tyre pressure for the front tyres as well as the rear tyres along with the recommended tyre size. If you have upgraded your tyre’s profile size then it is still ideal for you to maintain the standard tyre pressure.
3. Checking the Tread Wear
The tread wear on the tyres ensures that your car grips the road and corner around the bends smoothly. It is always recommended to assess the tread wear’s depth on the tyres by performing a simple experiment on them with the help of a ten rupee coin. Place it between the tread and if you are able to see the golden ring exposing itself above the tread’s surface then your tyre needs replacement. Likewise, the sidewalls marking needs to be checked every alternate month. The shelf life of any tyre is between 5 to 6 years or 30,000 km to 40,000 km. Beyond that, it is not advisable to extend as it can be prone to puncture and air leakage.
4. Rotating your Car Tyres
After every 7,000 km or 15,000 km, it is recommended to rotate your car’s tyres and get the balancing correct. This helps in evenly wearing out the tyres rather than just wearing out the front tyres. The front tyres of an FWD car usually have the most wear as it also does the majority of work.
5. Cleaning Mud or Dirt
This one tip will help you when after a long drive in the rain. If you inspect the tyres, you can find mud or dirt or possibly even stones stuck in the grooves of the tyres. Make sure you clean and remove them from the grooves so that it is not blocking the tyre’s tread. The mud will eat up the tyre’s tread depth and will dispense less water from the surface, therefore, giving you less grip on the road. The more the tyre tread, the fewer the chances of your car aquaplaning.