How often should you check your tyre pressures and tread depths?

A person is checking their tyre pressures with a round pressure gauge to check correct pressure in the tyre
A person is checking their tyre pressures with a round pressure gauge to check correct pressure in the tyre

Over the years life in general has become a lot busier with time being taken up without us seeming to notice. So things like checking your tyre pressure and tread depths may of seem to become something people have seem to do less. Years ago when life seemed simpler and people had less responsibilities, often on Sundays it would seem like a tradition to wash your car also checking your tyre pressure and tread depths, but those days seem distant as many people seem to forget or disregard it with time being taken up so much.

I believe checking once a month is safe and appropriate as with low tyre pressure, it can impact the ability to steer and brake with it also being insufficient in wet surfaces, also it will be uneven as a tyre with low air pressure means

A flat tyre on the wet road with no air in it making it not safe to drive
A flat tyre on the wet road with no air in it making it not safe to drive

it’s not in shape. So the tyres will bend and eventually could lead to a shorter lifespan, making you have an early change. Additionally you may be prone to a blowout, so to avoid this make sure to have your tyres pumped up correctly. On the other hand high tyre pressure can affect the braking distance of a car, on top of that it can result in a loss of traction due to the fact less of the tire is in contact with the road. Worn down tread depths can drastically reduce the amount of grip you have on the road. It can be rather concerning as statistics show that around 50% of vehicles on the road have at least one half-worn tyre.

During the evolution of cars, further features and safety appliances have been installed into the latest models to increase the safety of you and myself, including the TPMS (tyre pressure monitoring system). But the problem with these luxurious new gadgets such as a light telling you when your tyre pressure is unsafe, a large majority of people feel less responsible when taking care of their car. They are more naïve as they believe that with this continuing advancement in technology they need to take less control over their vehicle.

Two side cuts images of tyres with showing the profile you should see when the tyre is correctly inflated
Two side cuts images of tyres with showing the profile you should see when the tyre is correctly inflated

But checking whether your tyre pressure is correct and your tread depths are still durable can be great ways to keep your car healthy and running to a high standard. I still recommend this is worth checking once a month as it is not too much hassle and will be able to prevent harm to your car in the foreseeable future.