We all know that selecting and maintaining the tyres on your vehicle is important, right? However, there are a number of misconceptions that vehicle owners may have, that may impact on the potential safety of you and your passengers. Here is an overview of some of them:
Myth #1: It is more important to replace your front tyres than your rear tyres
While it is important to have front tyres in good condition to assist with steering in a front wheel drive vehicle, it is also true that rear tyres provide most of the stability for your vehicle – for example, in braking or steering in wet conditions, rear tyres provide balance and stop your vehicle from spinning. If you only replace the front tyres, water will bounce off them onto the rear tyres, putting even more pressure on them.
Myth #2 Spare tyres or unused tyres don’t have to be replaced as long as there is enough tread left on them
Not so – each brand/manufacturer has different criteria for replacing tyres – some suggest replacing every 5 years regardless of the tread depth. If your vehicle has been idle for some time (years) – you should replace the tyres rather than just refilling them.
Myth #3: You don’t need to rotate your tyres
Tyres wear differently depending on the vehicle and location. Rotating your tyres will ensure that your tyres wear evenly – lasting longer.
Myth #4: Don’t buy used tyres
If you want to save a few dollars, and are looking for a replacement tyre for local daily driving or to replace a spare – you can consider used tyres. Know what you are looking for – check carefully for the year of manufacture (see myth #2) as well as any visible cuts or grazes that could impact the safety of the tyres. If you are not sure – buy new.
Myth #5 : If you over inflate your tyres they could burst
If you over inflate your tyres slightly the tyre should be fine – good quality tyres are manufactured to withstand partial increases past the recommended pressure – but you need to be aware of the fact that if you over inflate your tyres and you hit a pothole or bump in the road at speed, the tyre will have a bigger chance of a blowout.