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01 Dec 2016 | Text by Nigel Yong, Photos by Manufacturer

It's easy to forget and let slide the fact that our tyres are critical safety features on our cars. Here are some tyre care tips to keep you alive.

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When you're out and about driving, there's only the equivalent of one handprint of tread bridging each of your tyres to the road. Just think about that. Your family's, friend's and your lives are simply riding on that single palm print. So, when it comes to picking tyres for your car, put yourself in safe hands.

It's best to check your tyre pressure every week and adjust it according to your vehicle's specifications
Given our busy schedules, it's easy to forget and let side the fact that our tyres are critical safety features of our cars. However, at Bridgestone, your safety sits at the heart of everything they do. That's why the world's number one tyre brand believes it's important for you to know just how to take care of your tyres.

Here are some important tips.

Correctly inflate your tyres

Under or over-inflating your tyres is dangerous and can lead to uneven tread wear. Look for the manufacturer's recommended tyre pressure on the tyre placard usually located on the driver's side door pillar, fuel flap, glove compartment or engine bay.

Or, have a Bridgestone tyre specialist inflate your tyres properly for you.

You should always check your tyres regularly. Bridgestone recommends doing this weekly.
 Also check your tyres' pressures when they are cold. But, ensure that you're using an accurate tyre pressure gauge. For heavy loads or sustained high-speed driving, increase the pressure according to your vehicle's recommendations.

Maintain safe tread depth

Most new tyres start out with 8mm to 9mm of tread. When this wears, your tyre's ability to disperse water reduces. When the tread is less than 2mm, replace your tyre as soon as possible as it's likely to be unsafe. Safe tread depth maintains your driving control, grips the road, disperses water and keeps you safe. A worn tyre increases your braking time in the wet and the chance of you losing control.

Regularly check your tread indicators, which will show as lines across the tread when it's 1.6mm.
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