The importance of checking your tyres

What is the most important part of a car?

Each person will have their own opinion, but it's safe to say that tyres are definitely up there - without them, a car simply would not be able to move.

That is why it is so crucial to make tyres a priority in your fleet maintenance schedule.

Your fleet management duties should include checking each of your vehicles' tyres on a regular basis. Doing so can save time and money, and help keep your fleet running smoothly.

There are many aspects to good tyre maintenance, including:

Tyre pressure

Having the correct tyre pressure will not only ensure a smooth and safe drive, but will also help in reducing fuel consumption.

Experts recommend checking the pressure of your tyres at least once a month.

Not sure what the recommended pressure level for your specific car is? It can be found in the manual or on a label inside the driver's side door.

Tyre tread

It is a legal requirement to have a minimum amount of tread depth on your car tyres, and this can differ by country or even by state, so check the regulations in your local area.

Tread plays an important role in tyre safety. It diverts water from under the tyre, giving you better traction on wet roads.

If a tyre's tread has deteriorated visibly, measure it immediately and replace if necessary.

Tyre wear

Your tyres' tread will inevitably wear out over time, and how quickly it does so depends on whether it is at the right pressure and also your staff's driving habits.

Look out for signs of uneven wear - for example, is one side more worn out than the other?

This could point to several problems, such as over- or under-inflation, skewed wheel alignment, or careless driving.