Is your car holiday ready?
With the year-end holidays approaching, it’s time to make sure that your car is in top-notch condition and ready for the road.
If you’re planning to hit the road with family or friends this holiday season, ensuring that your vehicle is safe to drive, no matter the distance, is of utmost importance. Here’s what you need to consider before starting your journey.
There’s nothing great about smooth tyres
Driving with worn or damaged tyres can significantly increase your odds of having an accident. Of all the different parts of your vehicle, tyres have direct contact with the road you’re travelling on. The quality of your car’s tyres and the grip that they provide makes all the difference when it comes to making sure that your journey is as safe as possible.
Your car’s tyres need to:
- Provide adequate traction and braking force
- Support the weight of your car
- Absorb road shocks
- Support directional steering.
Common problems to look out for when assessing your car’s tyres:
- Worn tyres
- Check the edges of your tyres and look out for worn out areas and insufficient tread. Tyres typically wear thin at the edges when they are too soft or have been under-inflated.
- If your tyres are worn on one side, this could mean that your car’s wheels may need to be realigned.
- If your tyres have worn near the centre, this could indicate that they have perhaps been over-inflated.
- Tyre pressure
- When the pressure in tyres is not optimal, there could be an air leak or puncture. These need to be attended to by vehicle garage professionals to assess whether a sufficient repair can be made.
- Irregularities: If you notice any patches of unevenness or bald spots on your tyres, it is likely that your shock absorbers or wheel balance needs to be assessed. Bulging tyres must be replaced for optimum driving safety.