October 2, 2015

Your tyres are arguably the most important part of your vehicle. Why? Because they are your only contact with the ground. This is where rubber meets the road, and at any one time, the each tyre touches that road on a very small area. In fact, it’s only roughly the size of a postcard! That really isn’t much, and this is why you need to make sure your tyres are up to a good standard. If your tyres fail, it’s not just your safety on the line, but that of your family and other road users.

The main purpose of tyres.

Supporting your car

The average family car weighs close to 2000 Kilos, and all that weight needs to be supported by something. Each tyre needs to be inflated enough to support the weight of the car, passengers and cargo.

Handling the bumps

It’s not just your shock absorbers that stop you having a bumpy ride. The air/nitrogen in your tyres take most of the impact and act as a cushion for your car.

Braking

Obviously the most important aspect of driving when it comes to safety. Bald tyres aren’t going to help you in an emergency braking situation. The deeper the tread depth on your tyre the better. In New Zealand, the minimum tread depth required by law is 1.5mm, however, in wet conditions, anything under 3mm isn’t really recommended, and a good depth is usually around 5-7 millimetres.

Steering

The quality of your tyres when it comes to steering are very important. The tyre type, quality and size all play a part in the vehicle’s steering capability.

So that’s why tyres play such an important role in vehicle maintenance. Tyres are essential for a safe and comfortable ride in any vehicle, so make sure you look after them! Call us today and book in for a tyre check up.