The tyre safety motto is simple: look after your tyres and they’ll look after you. Keeping a close eye on the checklist above and visiting a tyre specialist to balance, align and rotate your wheels at least every 10,000km will keep your tyres in shipshape.
Also, if you hit a pothole or an obstacle in the road, it’s always a good idea to have a technician inspect your tyres for any damage. Although they might look and feel normal to you, an expert will be able to spot any problems that could put the integrity of your tyres – and your safety – at risk.
It is as important that you maintain the tyres that are attached to your car as you maintain the tyre that isn’t. If anything goes wrong, it’s your spare that will take you from the side of the road to the nearest middle-of-nowhere town.
All of the checks you perform on your tyres apply to your spare too. It’s also necessary to replace your spare occasionally, even if it’s only rarely used, as spare tyres are especially susceptible to losing their structural integrity over time.
Having your tyres regularly inspected by a tyre specialist not only keeps you safe, it can also increase your tyres’ longevity and saves you money.