The Golden Rules
Bridgestone Australia Ltd. takes pride in offering professional services and advice to assist you with choosing the right tyres for your vehicle. It is very important for you to know how to maintain the tyres you purchase to ensure the effectiveness and safety of those tyres.
Check air pressures in all tyres regularly.
It is preferable that this check be made weekly, when tyres are cold, and using a gauge known to be accurate.
Ensure you have the correct tyre for your car.
You can check this by referring to the tyre placard fitted to the car, which indicates the correct size, speed rating and load capacity, as well as recommended inflation pressures. The placard is fitted to all vehicles manufactured since 1973 and is usually contained in the glove box, on the driver's door pillar or under the front bonnet.
Avoid "mixing" tyres.
It is advisable to avoid mixing different brand tyres on the same axle due to varying construction styles. It can also be dangerous to mix tyres of different sizes or aspect ratios. You should consult a qualified tyre technician for advice.
Avoid hard braking and sudden acceleration.
Tyres may wear quickly if consistently subjected to hard braking or rapid acceleration.
Use care when parking to avoid tyre damage.
Many impact fractures occur in the sidewall area of the tyre rather than the tread. Careful parking will reduce damage to tyre sidewalls that can occur through contact with kerbs.
Ensure that tyres have more than 1.6mm of tread.
Most new tyres have about 8-9mm of tread pattern when manufactured but when the tread wears down to less than 1.6mm, the tyre may be unsafe to use in wet conditions and should be replaced as soon as possible. Tyres have indicators in their tread pattern which show as lines across the tread when reduced to 1.6mm.
Have your tyres fitted by a qualified tyre technician.
Tyres should be fitted by a qualified tyre technician, who will ensure that they are fitted to the wheel correctly. Poorly-fitted tyres can result in vibration, premature failure, poor handling or rapid tread wear.
Do not use sealants to repair punctures.
After a puncture, tyres must be inspected internally to assess what damage has occurred , they often do not fully inflate the tyre and accordingly the vehicle should be driven at reduced speeds until the tyre can be changed or permanently repaired. Sealants should not be used as preventative measures. The use of sealants may invalidate tyre warranties.