From towns in the East of England, such as Rainham, Billericay or Lowestoft, to the far West of the country in places like Exeter, Cardiff or Truro, you need to look after your car’s tyres. Whether you live in Scotland, England, Northern Ireland or Wales, there are many more potholes and poorly maintained roads than there used to be. Of course, councils all over the UK have a responsibility to keep road surfaces in a reasonable condition but, with limited funds, repairs are often left until they can no longer be put off. What should you be doing to take care of your tyres whether you are travelling through the Southeast or the Northwest?

Keep Tyres Pumped Up

One of the most important aspects of tyre care is their level of inflation. Over-inflated tyres will wear down more quickly than they should because not all of the outer section of the tyre will come into contact with the road. This means that the parts that do end up doing more work and your tread won’t last as long as a result. Hit a pothole with over-inflated tyres and they’re more liable to blow out, as well. Equally, partially flat tyres slew on the tarmac, generating more friction. This wears them down prematurely, too. Additionally, flat tyres offer less grip when serving out of the way of gaps and cracks in the road so you’re more likely to drive over obstacles.

Ensure You Buy New Tyres

Part-worn tyres are legal to sell and fit in the UK. From Southend to South Shields, you can find places that will provide used tyres. Even though they’re street legal in most cases, buying them is a false economy. Why? Because when you buy a tyre that looks okay, it can have hidden problems that you simply cannot detect. It is always better to opt for brand-new tyres instead, even budget ones. Purchase the best ones you can afford. The initial outlay when you have them fitted is often worth it because they will simply last longer. You can also get tyres in Billericay at Elite Direct where there’s usually a strong selection in all price ranges to suit all budgets. You can also  find a supplier in your locality that runs sales promotions when you can obtain a bargain.

Slow Down to Avoid Tyre Stress

Driving too fast doesn’t have a bad impact on tyres unless you’re doing a lot of cornering. Nevertheless, when you drive fast, you’ll end up needing to brake more often. Typically, fast driving styles lead to premature wear and tear on tyre tread either through braking harder or more frequently. If you slow down and accelerate less hard, you’ll maintain a better gap between your car and the one in front, thereby lessening the stress you place your tyres under. Pulling away in a higher gear, particularly when you’re facing downhill, can also help to preserve the life of your tyres because it will mean you get into the habit of starting from stationary more gently.

Check Your Tread Depth

Finally, it is important to check the depth of your tread and ensure your tyres aren’t close to their legal limit. Whether you drive on the A12, A1 or A4 most frequently, doing so on tyres with low levels of tread depth will disperse water less efficiently, meaning it is more likely you’ll aquaplane in wet weather. On fast-moving trunk roads, this may make the difference between maintaining control and losing it even if your tyres are officially legal and can be driven on. Buy a tyre tread depth gauge and use it once a month to make sure you’re never compromising on tread depth.