Now the green lanes have opened for the summer and there’s always the option of pay and play sites and shows to go to. Don’t forget you’re most important and vital pieces of kit – your tyres!!!!
We tend to take 4×4 tyres for granted but their condition is essential to our safety. When on – road or off – road, our 4×4 tyres can be the deciding factor as to whether were successful in getting from A to B (and back again as we all have homes to get to – right?)
It doesn’t matter if you have on – road bias or off – road bias tyres.
⦁ Check the condition of you tyres – Look for cuts and slits on the sidewall and check for bulges that will tell you your tyres breaking down. Change it before a problem occurs. Far easier now on the hard standing at home than in the field maybe in thick mud!
⦁ Tyre pressures should be checked for the correct pressure for the vehicle and load, weekly and before long journeys and off road trips. Dust caps they stop grit pushing the valve open possibly loosing pressure. Vital off – road kit.
⦁ Objects stuck in the tyre tread should be removed as they can cut into a tyre under stress and cause deflation. Also a potential missile waiting to escape.
⦁ Uneven wear on tyre can cause steering and vibration problems. The pattern of wear is indicative of the cause:
|Excessive wear on one side||Wheel alignment needs adjusting|
|Excessive wear in the tyre centre||Over inflation|
|Excessive wear on both outer edges||Under inflation|
|Excessive wear in patches around the tyre||Unbalanced wheel|
⦁ The legal limit for minimum depth of the tread on your tyres is 1.6 millimetres, across the central ¾ of the tread around the complete circumference of the tyre. For safety reasons it is recommended that you replace your tyres before the legal limit is reached.
⦁ Don’t have different tyre sizes on the same axle and don’t mix cross-plies with radials.
Remember the only thing that is in contact with the ground is your tyres. Look after them and they should look after you.