Overview

Apollo Tyres

While it's common to overlook those four circles of rubber that your car rests on, performing a few simple checks can yield better fuel economy and improved vehicle handling.

Ensuring proper tyre care is important for many reasons other than reducing the potential of a flat tyre or a blowout. In order to achieve optimum handling from your vehicle, from everyday driving to making emergency maneuvers, tyre pressure needs to be at the proper inflation level. Even a tyre that doesn't appear to be low on air can result in reduced vehicle handling and excessive tread wear.

Although there is no alternative to using an air pressure gauge to check the inflation levels, here are some indicators that can help quickly predict the health of your tyres.

  • When driving down a straight, level road, check to see if the car pulls to one side or the other. While this "pulling" may be caused by improper alignment, it may also indicate a tyre issue — especially if you are certain that the alignment is correct or if the vehicle recently had an alignment service.
  • If the centre section of the tread is smooth, your tyres may be over-inflated. Likewise, if the outside sections or edges of the tyre tread are worn or rounded, your tyres may be under-inflated over a period of time and need attention.
  • Pay attention for any squealing sounds when turning a corner at normal speeds. While this could be symptoms of other problems, they are frequently signs of improperly inflated tyres.