Rubber is something that can be found in the natural world – the ancient people of South America were using the natural rubber from the rubber tree (Hevea Brasiliensis) centuries ago. However, in more recent times, man made rubber was created, with one of the most famous rubber manufacturers being Charles Goodyear, a name that we all know now as being associated with tyres.
All around the world, places like this UK Rubber Moulding company www.meadex.co.uk/rubber-moulding/ produce many of the rubber items that we use for all sorts of essential things – however, as we head into winter it is a good idea to think about our cars tyres.
Winter driving conditions can be a lot more difficult than in the summer, so making sure that you have the right type of tyres and that you know how to care for them is essential. The first thing that you need to think about before you get into the maintenance of the tyres, is whether the tyres that you do have are the right ones for the winter months.
You can get tyres that are specifically winter tyres, and these are best for those really extreme winter conditions like ice and snow. Another type of tyre that is suitable for the winter are the all-round tyres, which most people opt for as they are suitable for use in any season. If your car has summer tyres on them, it is a good idea to think about changing them now, as they will not be great as the temperatures drop.
Making sure that your tyres are the right pressure is important all year round, but especially in the winter when the colder weather has a bigger impact on it. You may have a monitoring system in your car, but if not, you can find the correct tyre pressure for your car in the handbook, or by looking it up online.
You should also keep your tyres clean in the winter. At this time of the year, there is a lot more debris on the road including grit which you should wash off regularly to keep the tyres in good condition.
Another thing to keep an eye on through the winter is the depth of the tyre tread. The legal limit is 1.6mm, but in the winter the tread is even more important, so it is a good idea not to let the depth get this low.