Correct tyre care and maintenance is critical for the driver’s safety. Tyres are the vehicle’s only point of contact with the road surface. Tyre treads are designed to pump water from the road surface and provide maximum grip. When the tread gets worn down, the vehicle is unable to perform this task efficiently and MUST be replaced.
Ideally when tyres reach 3mm they should be replaced as they have become unreliable to keep you safe. Wangara Tyre and Fitness Center will advise you freely and professionally on the best tyres to fit on your vehicle.
Motor vehicle manufacturers choose the type, make, size, profile, load carrying capacities and speed ratings to match their vehicles, adjusting the tyre pressures to give the optimum grip, ride and handling characteristics. Only change the type of tyres on your vehicle on expert advice from tyre experts such as Wangara Tyre and Fitness Center personnel.
The vehicle’s handbook provides guidance about how to look after your tyres. It will also contain information about vehicle loading and the required adjustments to tyre pressures which should be
followed for safety. Tyre pressures should always be checked and corrected (if necessary) when they are cold. It is vital that tyre pressures are maintained at the levels recommended by the manufacturer to ensure maximum tyre life, safety, the best ride and handling characteristics.
Over or under-inflating tyres is likely to seriously impair their performance and may prejudice the safe use of the vehicle. Over-inflation increases overall tyre diameter, decreases the amount of tread in contact with the road, decreases sidewall flexibility and affects road-adhesion. Under-inflation decreases overall tyre diameter, increases sidewall flexion, generates higher tyre operating temperatures and difficult vehicle handling characteristics. Running an under-inflated tyre may cause premature tyre failure. Both over and under-inflation adversely affect tyre life.
By keeping tyres properly inflated, Namibian drivers know very well that vehicles can travel further on each tank of fuel and reduce their CO2 emissions. Under-inflated tyres experience rapid wear in the shoulder area of the tread as more of the load is supported by this area. Driving on over-inflated tyres results in higher wear in the centre of the tread. Keeping tyres inflated to the recommended pressure for the vehicle and load ensures an even contact distribution and a more even wear rate, helping to make the tyres last longer.