Fleet maintenance is an important aspect of fleet management and tyre maintenance is key. Safety measures should be applied to prevent car accidents affecting finance and more importantly loss of life. Experts recommend that tyres should be thoroughly checked at least every two weeks, including examining the outside for damage, making sure tread hasn’t worn down, and measuring the tyre pressure.
This affects many different performance criteria. The tread depth by law should be 1.6mm. You could be fined or incur penalty points on your driving license, but worse still worn tyres increase the risk of aquaplaning and result in less effective braking performance in wet weather.
Rotating tyres is important so that the tyres have even tread wear and a long tread life. Because of the way the wheels are positioned, each of the tyres on your vehicle will wear in a different way. Just think how braking, steering and driving affect the front tyres compared to the back tyres. Optimal tyre rotation is different for different vehicles such as front wheel drive, rear wheel drive, or four wheel drive.
It is very important to how your tyres function, and even how long their service life will be. The tyre pressure for your vehicle will be different depending on the model that you have. To find out what your tyre pressure should be, you can look in the owner’s manual, or for the small printed figure in the door of the car, the glove compartment, or the petrol tank cover. If the pressure is too high (overinflation) or too low (underinflation) then the tyre will not be gripping the road optimally, the tread will wear unevenly, road handling will be compromised, and driving could become dangerous.
Get an expert to make sure your tyres are balanced and geometrically aligned. Doing this regularly will make driving smoother, reduce wear on tyres and other parts of the vehicle suspension, and increase overall safety.
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