Checking your wheels for damage

People are often aware that they need to check their tyres for damage, but how many of us check our wheels? Wheels can be steel or alloy and both can suffer structural damage that can cause the driver to have an accident.

Checking your wheels is not as easy as checking tyres and often to carry out an thorough inspect, you need to remove them from the car. If you are having new tyres fitted to the car, the tyre fitters should check the wheel for signs of visual damage, but it is advised to ask them to do so and report back to you anything they find.

People assume that if they have a flat tyre that they have a puncture, but sometimes this is not the case. It may actually be the rim of the wheel that is damaged and not making a seal, allowing air to leak out.