Our top tyre care tips to maximise your tyre life and stay safe on the roadThe right tyres can make driving your car a great experience. Looking after your tyres will not only improve their comfort and safety,
but will also help you make the most of your purchase by increasing their wear life.
In this article, we explain how to take care of tyres and share tyre maintenance tips to keep your tyres working at their best.
Check your tyres weekly
Inspecting your tyres weekly will help you spot problems as they arise, and can prevent damage to your tyres in the long run.
When checking your tyres, make sure they are properly inflated and have sufficient tread depth remaining. You should also look for any damage or cracks in the tyre’s surface. If you’re not sure about the condition of your tyres, come into one of our Bridgestone stores and have them inspected by a professional.
Rotate your tyres regularly
Rotating your tyres will help to make sure that they wear evenly and last longer. In general, you should rotate your tyres every 5,000 to 8,000km, even if there is no sign of uneven wear. However, it’s worth noting that different vehicles will wear their front and back tyres at different rates. Front wheel drives wear tyres differently from rear-wheel drives, and station wagons and utes also have different wear patterns. If you’re not sure when to rotate your tyres, ask one of our friendly mechanics.
Ensure your tyres are inflated correctly
Under or over inflation of your tyres can lead to excessive wear, and can make it harder to handle your car on the road. To preserve your tyre’s wear life, inflate your tyres to the manufacturer’s recommended tyre pressure. You can find this information on the driver’s side door frame, inside the fuel door, in the glove box, or in your car’s manual. Learn how to inflate your tyres here.
Get a professional wheel alignment regularly
Misaligned wheels can cause your tyres to wear excessively and irregularly. They can also impact your car’s handling and braking on the road. To improve your tyre’s wear life and stay safe on the road, it’s important to have your wheels professionally aligned after 10,000km of driving or every six months. You may also need a wheel alignment if you feel as though your car is pulling to one side of the road.
We can professionally align your tyres at your local Bridgestone store. Our friendly tyre technicians will adjust your wheels using the latest alignment technology, to make sure your tyres steer true, and undergo the least amount of wear.
Keep your tyres in balance
If you notice a steering wheel wobble or vibration when driving at high speeds, your tyres may be out of balance. Out of balance tyres can create irregular wear, unnecessary loading on steering components, and may even be dangerous on the road.
Tyre balancing involves attaching small weights to the wheel to counterbalance the heaviest part of the tyre and wheel assembly. Vibrations are often caused by these weights becoming loose, or being incorrectly placed. The tyre technician at your local Bridgestone store can easily fix these problems using specialist wheel balancing equipment.
Consider nitrogen tyre inflationKeeping your tyres properly inflated is a crucial component of tyre maintenance. As Nitrogen molecules are larger than oxygen, naturally occurring pressure loss is reduced and ideal tyre pressure is maintained for longer. This can also deliver benefits for everyday driving such as better tyre life, and better fuel economy. Nitrogen is often used in motorsport due to its ability to maintain consistent tyre pressure throughout a race.
Talk to your local Bridgestone store to find out whether nitrogen inflation can help improve the performance of your tyres.
The geometry of your vehicle’s suspension, which determines each tyre’s contact patch with the road.
It primarily consists of three elements – caster, camber and toe.
The pressure of the air inside a tyre. Tyre pressure is usually measured in psi but can also be referenced in kPa.
Section height divided by section width, expressed as a percentage. The higher the figure, the higher the tyre’s section height.
When viewing your vehicle from the front, camber describes the inward or outward tilt of your tyres. Camber adjustment maximizes the tyre-to-road contact, and takes into account the changes of force when a vehicle is turning.
Cold Inflation Pressure
The pressure of a tyre before the vehicle is driven and the tyre is warmed up.
The lining inside a tyre that prevents air leaking.
The maximum load a tyre can carry at the speed indicated by its speed symbol, under specified service conditions. This is expressed as a numerical code.
The maximum speed at which the tyre can carry a load under specified service conditions.
The symbols on a tyre’s sidewall that indicate specifications such as load index.
Stands for ‘Pounds per square inch’ and is a standard measurement of pressure. It is the amount of force exerted over one square inch.
The component physically mounted to the vehicle that the tyre sits on. Often used interchangeably with wheel.
The frictional force resisting the rotation of a tyre. The lower the rolling resistance, the less fuel is required to move and maintain vehicle motion.
Run Flat Technology tyres
Tyres designed to run in a low or no-air situation for a limited distance and speed. This allows the driver to maintain control of the vehicle in case of a puncture, and drive to safety even when the tyre is completely deflated.
The part of a tyre between the edge of the wheel and tread.
Small slots in a tyre’s tread.
A set of numbers and letters that define a tyre’s specifications, such as section width, aspect ratio, speed rating, load rating and diameter of the wheel the tyre is made to fit on.
The part of the tyre that contacts the road.
A marker found in several places in the main tread grooves to indicate when the tread is fully worn.
A tyre that is not sufficiently inflated,. This can cause excessive wear, poor handling, and increased rolling resistance.
Balancing a wheel ensures that the wheel rotates smoothly without heavy points. This prevents vibration and uneven tyre wear.
Tyres utilising specific patterns and compounds specifically designed to be used on winter roads – ice, snow and water.