If you only ever drive relatively short distances, perhaps a few miles down the road to the supermarket or the office, then you may never notice when your tyres are no longer in good condition. It is only when you spend a few hours eating up the miles on the motorway that poorly performing tyres make a big difference to road handling and fuel economy. After all, if your tyres are a little flat, you probably won’t detect that your car is running inefficiently as a result if you never get out of your local town. On longer journey routes, it makes all the difference especially when you are commuting locally in areas like Scotland, Basingstoke or London. What should you be checking?

Proper Inflation

Without your tyres being pumped up properly, your handling can suffer. If you need to brake hard or swerve after a couple of hours on the road, then partially flat tyres may mean spinning out of control or not being able to stop in time. In Basingstoke, there are plenty of garages where you can inflate your tyres when filling up, so there is no good reason to avoid this.

Low Tyre Tread

When the tread wears down slowly on short trips, you barely notice it. However, on a longer one, you could easily reach the legal limit. Even before then, it will be best to buy new ones so you remain safe and can clear enough water from a rainy stretch of motorway. Visit Headley tyres in Basingstoke to book your next set of tyres before you drive on a longer than usual trip.

Bugling Rubber

If you don’t inspect your tyres, then you might not notice protuberances of rubber in the sidewalls. These mean the rubber of your tyres is disintegrating and on a long journey, this could result in a blowout as the rubber compound comes under more strain. Exchange any ones in this state without delay.

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Vicky Charles

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