Your tyres are the final contact point with the ground. They have to be kept in tip-top condition not just for your safety, but also to ensure your vehicle runs efficiently. The primary concern when it comes to tyre condition is the safety of you, your passengers, and other road users. Here are our top tyre care tips for Lexus owners in the UAE.
Every tyre has a manufacturer’s recommended pressure that it should be inflated to. This will also depend on the model of vehicle the tyre is fitted to, so it’s important to know exactly what your correct tyre pressure should be. Under or over-inflating causes poor road adhesion, excessive wear, increased fuel consumption, and also can lead to potentially dangerous blow-outs at speed. Once a week, check your tyre pressures using a correctly calibrated gauge and air pressure line.
Your tyres have to have a minimum of 1.6mm of tread depth across the surface of the tyre by law. However, it is recommended that you replace your tyres before they get to this level of wear. Excessive tread wear not only puts you at risk of getting a fine, but can also affect your braking efficiency and the tyre’s ability to disperse surface water on a road. Once a week, take a good look at each of your tyres, checking the condition of the tread as well as looking for any cuts, abrasions or damage to the surface or sidewalls. If you spot an object such as a screw or nail sticking into your tyre, get it repaired straight away to avoid a flat tyre or potential blow-out.
The condition of the road will affect how your tyres wear. If you live in the desert, the sand blown onto the surface of the road can act like a scouring pad and wear your tyres more quickly. The temperature of the tarmac can also have a negative effect on your tyres. In the UAE, tyres must be able to withstand road temperatures of up to 50°C. When you’re buying new tyres, make sure that they are rated for use in the UAE.
Tyres can be expensive, especially if you buy low-profile tyres or top brands. However, that investment is well worth the cost. Bear in mind that your tyres are vital to your safety and the efficient operation of a car. So it makes sense to put the best quality tyres on your car, rather than trying to save a little bit of money by putting sub-par rubber on your luxury Lexus. Not only will you have the reassurance that your Lexus is safe on the road, but better quality tyres enhance your performance and handling, making your car more responsive and ‘sure-footed’ especially when cornering.
Every so often, it’s worth booking in for a tyre inspection and service. Your tyres should be replaced if they are worn, damaged or have less than 3mm tread depth. Fortunately, at Al-Futtaim Lexus, this process can take less than two hours to complete when handed over to our tyre and wheel specialists. While they’re changing your tyres, they’ll also take a look at the condition of your wheels and ensure they are balanced and aligned for smoother running.
You can book online for a Lexus tyre replacement and maintenance service at any of the Al-Futtaim Lexus Service Centres in the UAE, or use the Enquire Now button for more information on this and all other Lexus aftersales services.