One of the best characteristics about the Nissan Patrol is its surefooted grip on or off road. However, the only point of contact for any vehicle with the road surface is the tyre. If the tyres are poor or badly cared for, they will not offer adequate grip. This will affect how well the vehicle handles and the braking distances. For these reasons it’s a good idea to pay careful attention to your tyres so that you can count on them. Let’s take a look at four tips to keep your tyres in tip top condition.
1. Understand Your Tyres
Each car has important information about the tyres located somewhere in the cabin. This will list the correct pressures for driving, and more detailed information is available in the owner’s manual. Many people only pay attention to the four tyres on their Patrol, but they forget about the spare tyre. It’s important to know where the spare is located, that it’s the correct pressure and in good condition. If you need to change a tyre, the last thing you need is to discover that your spare tyre is flat and not fit for use.
2. Learn How to Change a Tyre
Following on from the first tip, it’s a good idea to learn how to change a tyre. A roadside assistance program is a sound investment, but many people buy a Patrol to go offroad. In the event of a flat tyre, help will arrive eventually, but the response time could be delayed significantly in remote areas. Knowing how to change your own tyres can save you a great deal of time and help you to get back on the road quickly.
3. Check Your Tyres Regularly
It’s a great idea to develop a habit to check your tyres on a regular basis. The ideal time to do this is during a refuelling trip because there is easy access to an air compressor. Check the tyre pressures and look over the tread for signs of wear. The legal tread depth limit is 1.6mm; you need to change the tyres if they meet or exceed this depth. Also look for bulges in the tyre walls or debris that could be lodged in the tyre tread.
4. Develop an Emergency Plan
When a tyre runs flat or blows it can be an inconvenience, but there are other more dangerous things that can happen on our roads. Get a list of important numbers, such as friends, family, your insurance company and emergency services, print it out and laminate it. Keep this list in your glovebox; it’s a good reference in an emergency and a point of contact for first responders if you’re not able to interact with them.
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