Wheel and tyre safety is an essential part of good driving. Your tyres’ grip on the road ensures you control of the car when driving at high speeds, breaking to avoid an accident or when navigating during difficult weather. But how do you know when it’s time to change your tyres?

An easy trick is to manually examine the thickness of the tread. Wheels and tyres must have a thick tread to give you the traction you need. If there’s a millimeter or less of thickness, it’s time to replace the old tyres with new ones. Long distance driving and driving on rough roads can cause a lot of wear on your wheels and tyres. It’s a good idea to take your car into the shop and have professional mechanic rotate them and check the wheel and tyre alignment to make sure they are wearing evenly once a year.

Another good part of driving safety is to properly prepare for long trips. In addition to having good wheels and tyres, always be sure that your car has sufficient brake fluid, coolant, transmission fluid and fuel before leaving on a long trip. A GPS system in your car or on your smartphone helps when you’re traveling someplace new. Never take a long car trip without a breakdown case that includes a first-aid kit, flares, a tyre iron and a jack. There’s nothing worse than having a breakdown someplace where you’ve never been, with miles between you and the nearest mechanic.

Driver fatigue is another thing to prepare for when going on a road trip. Be sure to get a good night’s sleep before you leave. Many collisions happen due to drivers nodding off on the road. Having a variety of high protein snacks with some sugar in them helps boost your energy levels as you drive. Listening to music or a radio show also helps to keep you mentally sharp on long drives. But if you feel yourself nodding off anyway, open the window and let the cool air help keep you awake and have a high caffeine drink. If none of this helps then pull off the road, somewhere quiet, and take a 15 minute power nap to recharge your batteries. Remember, it’s better to be a few minutes late getting where you are going than to never get there at all.

These tips will help to get you to your destination safely. Ensure that you take care when travelling in your car.

A1 Wheel and Tyre is a private family owned and operated company specialising in the warehouse and distribution of wheels and tyres to the automotive fitment trade. The company has a well established operation in Johannesburg, South Africa.