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10-point Tyre Checklist

Tyres

When it comes to tyres little bit of knowledge can go a long way. Here is a 10-point checklist to help you get safely from A to B.

  1. Check the manufacturer specifications (on the door opening or glove box lid) for the correct tyre size, speed rating and load capacity to suit your car. Any variation from those listed may cause early wear or failure of your tyres.
  2. Do not mix sizes or types of tyres.
  3. Check your tyre pressure when your tyres are cold, ideally when you’re filling up at the service station as they have the most reliable pressure gauges. Don’t forget to check the spare!
  4. Don’t wait for an emergency. Make sure you know what capacity you have for changing a tyre (jack, wrench, spare tyre and know-how) in case of a blow-out. For AANT Roadside Assistance call 131 111.
  5. For Territory drivers, it’s best to inflate your tyres to the minimum pressure. Don’t inflate your tyres above 40psi or 280kPa. When the tyres get hot from driving, the pressure will increase even more.
  6. Heavy loads or towing puts an extra strain on your tyres. If your vehicle is fully loaded with passengers and luggage, the general rule is to add 28kPa (4psi or 4lbs) to the minimum pressure.
  7. At high speed or 100km/h the rule is to add 28kPa (4psi) to the minimum.
  8. Check your tread. For tyres to be legal they must have at least 1.6mm of tread. Most tyres are fitted with ‘tread wear indicators’ (small block of tread inside the groove). Once these indicators are being worn, it’s time for new tyres.
  9. Check for uneven tyre wear so that if any fault is developing it can be remedied before it costs you a tyre.
  10. When new tyres are fitted make sure you get a wheel balance and alignment at the same time.

 

 

 

 

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