For the true car-lovers amongst us, learning that a certain station wagon model of the iconic BMW car manufacturer was the last truly mechanical car to roll of their production line kind of puts things into perspective with regards to the ushering of a new era in car manufacturing. If I’m not mistaken it was around the 2003 model. Even the smallest cars these days from the smaller automobile manufacturer brands are centrally operated by a computer box, with the technology contained in the typical vehicle taking as much of the hassle out of its monitoring as possible.
Some or other light goes off and a computer screen of some sort tells you what’s wrong. However, when it comes to basic car care and maintenance, certain areas such as tyre care require your attention and a bit more knowledge beyond just reacting when the car servicing warning light comes on to indicate the need for the next service.
Going back to the basics of tyre care
Our focus falls specifically on tyre care because this area of car maintenance and care is one in which a direct link can be made with the immediate safety implications. A blown tyre for example which had been pumped up too much is dangerous to the point that it can cause the car to overturn, so maintaining the ideal tyre pressure is a matter of critical importance.
Beyond what your tyre pressure sensors report on your Onboard Computer screen, you need to know what air pressure range is relevant to your vehicle, as per the manufacturer guidelines.
Other tyre care aspects you need to take upon yourself to acquaint yourself with beyond the integrated monitoring technology would include the likes of being able to tell when a new tyre is required as a result of the tread being worn out, as well as knowing what the right tyres (in terms of both size and type) for your car are, not only to aid performance, but also to ensure safe operation.
You can take the #TyreChallenge to make sure you cover all your bases with regards to the pointers to consider as part of your tyre care routine, which of course will be enhanced by all the monitoring and reporting technology which is a standard part of pretty much all vehicles these days.