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5 Tyre Tips to keep in mind before you head out on a long road trip

You are probably really excited about an upcoming road trip with your friends or family and so you should be – getting out on the road is a wonderful experience. But without wanting to put too much of a dampener on your current excitement levels, we would be remiss if we didn’t point out that many things can potentially go wrong during a road trip.

But, that being said, don’t worry though. The team at Parma Group have put together these tyre tips to help ensure that your travels go as bump free as possible, meaning you can enjoy your upcoming trip as much as you should do.

1. Check the pressure

A recent study has shown that 75% of motorists don’t know how to check tyre pressure properly. Why is this important? Firstly, under inflated tyres is the primary reason why a whopping 1.2 billion gallons of fuel is wasted every year. Fuel efficiency can be improved by almost 3% by simply ensuring that the tyres are properly inflated. It is also a big money saver as properly inflated tyres are safer and more durable in the long run.

Check your vehicle’s tyre pressure at least once each month and almost always before you take a long road trip. If you have not driven your car for some time, it is incredibly important to check tyre pressure before you even think of taking it out for a long road trip.

To know the right tyre pressure specifications, check your vehicle manual. Tyre pressure should be identical for tyres on each axle, but it can differ from the front axle to the rear axle. Always close the valve caps tightly. By doing this you protect it from dirt/dust and also avoid any possibility of leakage. If there are missing valve caps, replace them as soon as possible.

2. Always make sure that you carry the spare

The majority of vehicle owners carry a spare tyre in the trunk of their vehicle at all times. At the start of each month (or before you head out for a long road trip), make sure that your tyre is in sound working condition and is inflated to the right pressure.

One important thing to remember is that tyres also start wearing out due to age. So, if you have been carrying along the same spare tyre for a long time, get it replaced before you head out.

3. Proper tread depth

If you wish to avert any possibility of skidding or hydroplaning, proper tread depth for your tyres is of paramount importance. The minimum tread depth for your tyre is 1.6mm – about 2/32nd of an inch.

Advanced wear can reduce your tread’s ability to suitably grip the road in unpleasant weather conditions. Be on the constant lookout for uneven or unusual wear and tear or any other sign of damage.

4. Stay in line

If you hit a curb or pothole, the subsequent jolt your vehicle suffers can lead to considerable tyre damage or even worse, it could lead to misalignment of the front end. Misaligned wheels tend to deteriorate rather rapidly.  Make sure that you check the alignment of your wheels periodically to ensure that the risk of wheel detachment is as low as it can be.

5. Don’t pack on too much weight

Overloading can shorten the durability of your tyres while also hampering your vehicle’s fuel economy. Double check the owner’s manual to know your vehicle’s maximum load limit.