Every motorist has a duty to look after their car and make sure it is in proper working order. Some of the things you need to take care of are just a matter of good practice and others are required by law – but general care of your car is considered essential so that you can continue to drive safely.
Though there are all kinds of things you should pay special attention to, one of them – or rather, four of them – is the wheels.
You may or may not think too much about the condition of your car’s wheels. But it’s more important than you might think to look after them, and here’s why.
They are your connection to the road
Wheels are literally the most basic part of your car – as in, they are at the base. As the only connection between the car and the road is the four points on the wheels, you can imagine they might get a bit worn over time.
They have to support the weight of a couple of tons of metal. When you look at it like that, it’s not surprising that they need a bit of attention every now and again.
They get damaged in different ways
Every good driver should be aware of the occasional need to rotate their tyres. There is a good reason for this: the four tyres don’t suffer the same amount or type of wear all the time.
Specifically, the front right wheel gets worn more quickly because it always has a person directly over it while driving. The other tyres probably don’t suffer in the same way. Rotating the tyres is a good way of ‘sharing the burden’.
You could lose control
When tyres have been used (or abused) for a long time, they lose their grip. There isn’t as much friction between the tyre and the surface of the road as there should be, and that can spell bad news.
This is particularly a problem if you drive in wet weather, as we in South Wales have become used to. But even if you don’t skid and crash, you will notice the steering isn’t quite as responsive as it could be – at least, you will notice the difference when you drive away from the tyre centre with brand new tyres and suddenly find turning and braking are a breeze.
Don’t take a risk with your wheels – check the tread depth and tyre pressure, and don’t hesitate to have them seen to if something isn’t quite right. You’ll be glad you did!