Basic care

Proper tire usage and care should be practiced so as to ensure that it results in safe driving and attaining a reasonable life span for a given set of tires.

Nails pose a serious threat to tyre failure

Nails pose a serious threat to tyre failure

The following are some simple guidelines that can be followed:

Bulge as a result of climbing a curb

Bulge as a result of climbing a curb

1.Cleaning and visual inspection of the tires at least once a month.
The purpose of this inspection is to reveal any foreign sharp objects such as nails or glass that has lodged itself on the tread area or on the sidewall.
This exercise will also reveal if there are any nicks or cracks on the tire surface. Sometimes bulges can occur due to sidewall failure. Early detection and rectification of the problem immediately is recommended for safety reasons. Do not attempt to do the rectification yourself as it could result in more damage.Heading to the nearest tire retailer is probably the best solution.

2.Avoid parking your vehicle over the curb or too close to the curb. More often than not, sidewall and rim damage can occur due to scrubbing on the curb.A puncture is imminent if this damage goes unnoticed.Such kind of sidewall damage is more common with vehicles fitted with low profile tires. Steering geometry settings can also run out due to impact when climbing over the curb.

3.As far as possible, avoid speeding on roads with bad condition.Go over pot holes and rough roads slowly if they cannot be avoided. After all, there is no way to `fly` over such road surfaces by speeding over them. Speeding over pot holes in particular results in exerting high impact on tires, rims and all the adjoining suspension parts. Again this is a sure way of upsetting the steering geometry settings resulting in uneven tire wear and damage to suspension parts.

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