School holidays are coming up so it’s time to start planning your vacations and road trips. If you plan to spend a lot of time taking in the sights on the wide-open road, it’s a good idea to prepare your vehicle.
Having roadworthy tyres is absolutely necessary for safe driving on a road trip. At Swan Tyre Service in Osborne Park, we know just how integral they are and how inconvenient they could be to deal with if anything goes wrong. That’s why we’ve put together this checklist of ways to prepare your tyres for the holiday season.
Check the tyre pressure
Having the proper tyre pressure, or amount of air in the vehicle’s tyres, is crucial to your driving safety, so you should always make sure the pressure is right. You can check your owner’s manual to see what the recommended pressure is, or find it in the manufacturer’s label, often located in the glove box or driver door frame. Alternatively come and see us at Swan Tyre Service and we will check your tyre pressure for you free of charge.
If it’s too high, you run the risk of being too high off the ground, bouncing instead of gripping. This means that when it comes to turning corners, braking and general stability, your car will perform less smoothly, or worse, it can cause an accident.
If the pressure is too low, too much of the tyre’s surface area makes contact with the ground, causing friction and overheating, and possibly even tread separation, which could also result in an accident.
Balance it out
If you start to feel vibration when you’re driving at highway speeds, your tyres probably need to be balanced. Alignment problems are usually due to uneven tyre wear. It is not safe to drive if your tyre has been worn below the safe limit of tread wear.
Don’t forget the spare
In the event of an emergency, you’ll certainly need your spare tyre. Make sure to check if it has enough pressure, as well. If it’s the same size as your other tyres, the pressure will be the same.
Come in and see us at Swan Tyre Service and we will check the tyre pressure of your spare free of charge.
Get your car inspected
While the tyres are arguably one of the most important components that contribute to the general safety of your vehicle, you should never go on a road trip or holiday without making sure the suspension, brakes and steering are working properly.
For example, if there is any vibration in the steering wheel or pulsing in the brake pedal, get your brakes checked because your rotors could be warped.
Check your wheel arches. Are your shock absorbers dry? Are they leaking? If so replace them so your car doesn’t bounce all over the place and off the road.
Get your alignment checked out as well if you feel your car pulls to one side or wanders from side to side.
Swan Tyre Service wants you to enjoy your holiday with a hassle-free road trip. If you have any other questions on the best way to prepare your tyres or vehicle, don’t hesitate to give us a call or send us an enquiry