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Are your tyres ready for wet weather this winter?

Winter is here. Across many parts of Australia this typically means an increase in wet weather, with many motorists often experiencing wet and slippery driving conditions. When it comes to your on-road safety, how can you ensure that your tyres are suitable for the wet winter months ahead?
Person assessing tyre tread depth using a tread depth gauge.

How much tread depth remains on your tyres?

Ensuring that your tyres have good tread depth is essential to the safety of your vehicle as worn tyres pose a significant safety risk. Good tread depth will assist in safe braking and effective water dispersion. In Australia, there is a legal requirement that all tyres must have a minimum of 1.5mm of tread remaining. 
Do you know how much tread depth there is remaining on your tyres? If not, finding out is a relatively straightforward task which you can do in a few different ways:
  • Tread Wear Indicator: Modern tyre patterns feature a tread wear indicator which is built into the tread. As the surrounding tyre wears down, it becomes level with the wear bar and this is when you should be replacing your tyres.
  • Tread Depth Gauge: You can purchase a tyre tread depth gauge from your local car parts store. To read the depth of your tyres, simply place the gauge into the tread of the tyre, being sure to measure the tread of each tyre three times (the inner and outer sides, and the middle of the tyre).
  • Using a 20c Coin: Whilst this is not the most accurate way to read the tread depth of your tyres, it will give you an indication as to whether or not your tread wear is becoming too low. Simply place the coin into the tread of the tyre and if the tread doesn’t reach the bill of the platypus, this indicates that there is less than 3mm of tread.

Is your tyre pressure correct?

If your tyre pressures are too low or too high, it can greatly reduce the traction of your tyres. When your tyres are correctly inflated, it can prolong tyre life, increase performance, decrease fuel costs and enhance safety.
It is a good idea to get into the habit of assessing your tyre pressures once a month. Your vehicle’s manufacturer will recommend tyre pressures which you can find in your owner’s manual or on the vehicle placard.
When assessing your tyre pressures, ensure that the tyres are cold as this will provide you with an accurate reading. Tyres are considered cold when the vehicle has been parked for a minimum of 3 hours. If you need to travel to a service station or service centre to check your tyre pressure, tyres are also considered cold if the vehicle has travelled at a moderate speed for less than 1.6km.
Using a quality tyre pressure gauge you can accurately check the pressure of each tyre (including the spare if you have one) and adjust the pressure if necessary using an air compressor. Remember to re-check the pressure of each tyre once you have adjusted them to ensure that you have achieved the correct pressure. 
Person looking for the build date number on a tyre sidewall.

Are your tyres getting old?

Wet wintery conditions or not, aged tyres pose a significant safety concern at any time of the year. Tyres that are older than 5 years require regular inspections by a trusted professional annually. A tyre that is older than 10 years (regardless of its visual condition) is considered too old and will require replacing.
To find out how old your tyres are you will need to locate the build date number on the sidewall of the tyre. This is a four digit number that typically appears following the symbol DOT, the last four digits of the build date indicate the week and year of production. For example, 1420 would mean that the tyre was made in the 14th week of the year 2020. Always check the build date number on all tyres, including the spare tyre.

Is it time to buy new tyres?

If you are looking to buy new tyres this winter, why not contact your local BestDrive store? As the singular point of contact between your vehicle and the road, you need to be confident that your tyres are up to the task. At BestDrive, we supply and fit a great range of tyres suited to your passenger car, SUV, 4WD or other vehicle from leading brands including Continental, Mickey Thompson and Kumho.
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