As a car owner in Nigeria, there are several important things about your car you need to pay close attention to in order to stay safe on the road. Not only for yourself and against LASTMA, but also for the safety of other road users. Your tyres are arguably the most important safety feature in your car.
If you’ve been living on the edge and driving without knowing the condition of your tyres, here’s your chance to live life a little safer with these 5 important facts about tyres.
1) Used tyres, also known as tokunbo tyres, are a common way to save money in Nigeria. But as you can imagine, getting to know the tyre’s history can be sometimes evasive. It’s often quite difficult to know just how well or how aggressive the tyre’s previous owner had been. As these factors can ultimately increase the tyre’s chances of deterioration, always endeavour to get full details about the tokunbo tyre before purchasing.
2) Before choosing a tyre to buy, it’s important to consider the condition of the roads you frequently drive on. If you live in parts of Lagos with bad roads, you may want to consider buying tyre’s with taller sidewalls to withstand potholes. Although more aggressive looking, low profile tyres are more susceptible to blow outs and deliver an ultimately harsher riding experience.
3) Sometimes the customer isn’t always right. Buying tyres that are bigger or even wider than the manufacturer’s original recommendations, may bring problems to your car. Some issues you may face include the tyre rubbing against the fender as a result of the increased height. Also, your car may experience issues such as hydroplaning as a result from the change of shape of the contact patch.
4)It’s important to know the type of tyres you own. All-season tyres for example typically have a shelf life of 40,000 and 100,000 miles. Want to maximize the life span of your tyres? Then keep them properly inflated at all times making sure to rotate them according to the specifications in the owner’s manual.
5)With gas prices in Nigeria at an all time high of N145/litre and no signs of coming down, it is important to know how to maximize your petrol. It may come as a surprise to you that your tyres go a long way in determining the fuel consumption of your car. Many industry experts even contend that drivers may experience as much as 15-20 percent difference in fuel economy, depending on the car tyres.
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