Londoners know that they face some of the most difficult driving conditions in the country. Not only do you have to stay clear of many bus and taxi lanes during the rush hour but you will also often find that you often drive over things that have been spilt onto the roadway by delivery drivers.
In addition, you will frequently have to bump up and down kerbs just to be able to park somewhere. All of this takes a toll on your car’s tyres. Of course, you will also find that having to stop quickly because of congestion on the road ahead causes more wear and tear to your tyres.
Whether you live in Hammersmith, East Ham, Tottenham or Lambeth, driving around in London will mean your tyres wear out sooner than other parts of the country. From the north, south, east or west of the city, what can you do to look after them?
Avoid Driving Too Close
Even in slow-moving traffic, if you cannot see the road’s surface ahead of you, then you are too close. You need to be able to spot debris, raised ironworks and potholes. Driving too close to the car in front means that you will hit these obstacles which cause inevitable damage to your tyres.
Check For Bulging Tyres
In the city, your car will be exposed to lots of potential dangers. Among these are contaminants you might drive over which are not good for rubber compounds. If your tyre is splitting apart, then you will first notice this in the form of bulges, usually on your tyres’ sidewalls.
Exchange any that show this damage before they blowout which is dangerous. All sorts of tyres in London are available at DAT Tyres where you can obtain something suitable within minutes.
Inflate Your Tyres Properly
Driving over bumps and kerbs knocks some air out of your tyres every time you do so. In the end, Londoners often end up driving around on partially flat tyres even if they don’t realise it. Not only do flatter tyres cost you money because they wear out sooner but they could mean you don’t have sufficient grip when swerving to avoid a road hazard.
Moreover, tyres which aren’t pumped up sufficiently offer greater rolling resistance so you end up spending more in fuel for every mile of London’s streets you drive.