If your car has been standing for a while, it is worth checking the tires to make sure you can get going again safely. Some checks you can carry out by yourself, but others are best done by a tire specialist.
Pirelli’s experts recommend in particular:
- Checking tires visually to see if there are any lumps or deformations caused by the car standing still for a long time, or weather conditions. Check also for damage, cuts, abrasions and the tire bulging – and ensure that the valve caps are tight.
- Checking tire pressures, also the spare tire, ideally at a tire dealer with professional monitoring equipment. This helps guarantee optimal performance and safety, as well as the correct rolling resistance to enhance fuel economy.
- Tire wear to be above the legal limit of 2/32″ tread depth. This can be checked using the tread depth indicator on the tire itself.
- Paying close attention to any vibrations could be felt through the steering wheel after the car has been standing for a long period of time. If these don’t go away after the first few miles, get the car looked at by professionals as soon as possible.