Tyre maintenance basics

While general car maintenance is normally taken care of in your annual car’s service, tyres are often neglected or overlooked. From the tyre tread to the inflation pressure, there are many things to consider when maintaining your tyres.

Tyre maintenance checklist

Check the tread wear

Tread is vitally important in creating grip to the road. Without tread, the tyre’s ability to grip a wet road is severely limited. Tyres have a tread wear indicators which are moulded into the tread grooves to indicate when a tyre is worn to it’s a limit of safety. The minimum legal tread depth is 1.5mm across the width of the tread. 

Ensure your tyres are inflated correctly

Tyre pressure is one of the most important things to maintain. An under-inflated tyre will wear differently on the edges, while an overinflated tyre will wear more along the centre of the tyre.

Set tyre rotation reminders

Your tyres will wear at different rates depending on their position on the car. On a Rear-wheel drive car, the back tyres will wear faster than the front tyres. Tyre rotation will help wear out all the tyres evenly. Regular tyre rotation should be done every 5000km’s – so be sure to set a reminder to not forget!

Check your spare wheel

The spare wheel is almost always forgotten – when last did you check your spare tyre? It’s important to check the tyre’s pressure regularly.