The consumer plays an important role in both car tyre maintenance and tyre safety. Tyres may have to be removed from service for a number of reasons, including tread worn down to minimum depth, damage or abuse (punctures, cuts, impacts, cracks, bulges, underinflation from a decrease in pressure, overloading, etc.) all of which impact the safety of your tyres. For these reasons, the condition of each tyre, including spares, must be inspected routinely, i.e., at least once a month, to minimise risk and ensure safety for you and the other drivers on the road.
Regular inspections become particularly important the longer a tyre is kept in service. If tyre damage is suspected or found during such a check, Continental recommends that the consumer have the tyre inspected by a tyre maintenance professional. Customers should use this consultation to determine if the tyres are safe enough to stay in service, or if a new tyre should be fitted. It is recommended that spare tyres be inspected at the same time. This routine check should occur regardless of whether the vehicle is equipped with a tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS) or not.
To ensure tyre safety, adequate braking and optimal driving conditions, consumers are strongly encouraged to be aware of their tyres’ visual condition. They should also be on alert for any changes in the dynamic performance, such as increased loss of tyre pressure, noise or vibration. Such changes could be an indicator that one or more of the tyres should be immediately checked and removed from service to prevent tyre disablement on the vehicle.