It's Time for a Tyre Check
There is only one thing more boring on the face of this planet than cricket, and that’s tyres. You can shine, style and soup them up all you like, but at the end of the day (and that day is looooong for most women), all roads lead back to Snoozeville. Women simply are not that interested in tyres. Yet we should be. And here’s why:
Sorry to be the Richie Benaud of the automotive world. However, we need to have a serious conversation. Sure we all know the tyres on our car keep us safe – yeah, yeah, we get it already. But do you?
Driving on bad tyres can result in you losing control of your vehicle, and can cause a serious accident – and we are meant to check them every fortnight! The reality of buying and maintaining the right tyres on your car can truly be the difference between life and death, and at some point, all tyres will start to lose performance in terms of their traction and braking ability. It’s time to tread carefully, sisters.
So what makes one tyre better than another? The struggle is real. Think Kumfs vs high-end Manolo Blahniks; when choosing your tyres, it really depends on the car and its requirements. Yet it all comes down to buying the most appropriate – and best –tyre for your car.
You spend the money on quality shoes, so it makes sense ditto your tyres when you have your safety at stake. The best people to help you choose the most appropriate tyres for your car really are your local tyre centre – think your local Goodyear Auto Care Centre. They can not only fit the tyres suitable for your needs but they can also check your existing tyres are not worn, over or under pumped, check the wheel alignment and also find you the best deal.
When is the last time you even thought about your tyres, let alone checked them out to ensure your safety? And what the heck do you even look for in a dodgy tyre? There's a few tell-tale signs to look out for indicating your tyres aren’t in A1 form – and the good news is, you don’t have to be the tyre-whisperer to work it out. Here’s the scoop on the 101 of tyre health:
Look for wear, tears, cracks or bulges – when a tyre has low pressure you can tell as it bulges at the side. If your tyres look worn or tired, the tread doesn’t look deep. If you see anything else that looks odd, take it in to your nearest tyre centre and grab some piece of mind.
Over or under the pump – not pumping up your tyres to the required level can be just as damaging as over-pumping, and it can be extremely dangerous in creating a blow-out. Take Goldilocks' advice: when it comes to your tyres, the amount of air has to be 'just right'.
Noise – any noise your car makes indicates a problem. This could be your engine or due to your tyres.
Vibration – when it comes to your car, there’s no such thing as good vibrations. Remember any sort of vibration is a bad sign and can indicate tyre wear or that they may be damaged.
Wobbling or skidding – feeling out of control is never a good thing, and definitely not when you are driving your car. Do not pass go, do not collect your $200 and head to your local tyre centre.
Did you know the way your drive your car can decrease the life of your tyres? Are you a calm and relaxed driver, or are you punishing or competitive?
You can check out your driver personality at this fun test, created by psychologists from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and in conjunction with Goodyear.