The tyre is the important part of your vehicle. Tyres are the only point of contact between your vehicle and the road. That is way tyre care and maintenance must be important. Here are some tips for tyre care and maintenance.
Check Your Vehicle Tyre Pressure
When you are driving with incorrect tyre pressures. it very effects on vehicle’s handling, safety, and fuel. Remember to at least once in month check your tyre accurate pressure. Correct tyre pressure will even save fuel.
Respect The Load Capacity
Check your vehicle’s owner’s manual to determine the load limits. Overloading your vehicle places stress on your tyres and other critical vehicle components. This can also cause poor handling, increased fuel consumption and may cause tyre damage. Never fit your vehicle with new tyres that have less load capacity than shown on the vehicle tyre placard, and remember that optimum rim width is important for proper tyre load distribution and function.
Check Your Tyres For Damage
Check your vehicle tyres time to time especially when you go long drive. Ensure before drive no any cut, cracks, knots, bulges, or air loss on tyres.
When a tyre needs repairing, it’s essential to have a tyre specialist remove the tyre from the wheel and inspect it from the inside. This is necessary because internal damage is not visible while the tyre is mounted to the wheel. Please contact a tyre specialist. Ensure compliance with procedures for assembly, disassembly, balancing and inflation of the tyre, and the replacement of the valve.
How to read a tyre D.O.T. serial number
D.O.T. stands for Department of Transportation. This number is located on the lower sidewall of each tyre, showing that the tyre meets or exceeds the Department of Transportation safety standards.
Understanding Tyre D.O.T. serial numbers
12-digit number: 2000’s production
11-digit number: 1990’s production
M6: Mfgr Plant Code
MJ: Government Size and Ply Code
EHOR: Manufacturer Construction Code
0911: Tyre Build Date (9th week of 2011)
Tyre Service Life
Accurately predicting the serviceable life of any specific tyre in advance is not possible. A tyre is composed of various materials and rubber compounds that affect its performance. Its performance also depends upon many other factors such as weather, storage conditions, and conditions of use. That’s why we strongly encourage drivers to regularly inspect their tyres to identify anything which means that the tyre needs to be removed from service.
Use your spare tyre
If you see any damage to a tyre or wheel, replace it with your spare tyre and have your tyre checked by a professional.