It's important to check the condition of your tyres on a regular basis. If you notice any of the following issues, it might be time to buy some new tyres for your vehicle.
Their tread depth is very low
The treads on a tyre are designed to ensure that the rubber can retain a strong grip on the road, even when that surface is wet. By reducing slippage, the treads help to shorten a vehicle's braking distances.
Short braking distances play a crucial role in road safety; they ensure that, if a pedestrian or other car driver suddenly appears in front of you whilst you're driving, you can bring your car to a complete stop almost immediately, and thus avoid colliding with them.
As such, driving on tyres with low tread depths could increase your car's braking distances and thus compromise the safety of you, your passengers and other road users.
Failing to replace tyres with low tread depths could also have other serious consequences. If a police officer finds that your tyre treads are lower than the legal limit, you are likely to receive a very large fine.
You can ask your local mechanic to check the depth for you or alternatively, you can purchase a tread depth gauge and carry out this check yourself. You should get into the habit of taking tread depth measurements regularly; ideally, you should be doing this at least once every couple of weeks, particularly if you drive your vehicle on a daily basis.
One or more of the tyres have developed bulges
Bulges usually appear on the sidewalls of tyres. More often than not, they are the result of some form of impact-induced damage. Many car owners find that bulges develop after they hit the kerb when parking. However, this issue can also occur if you routinely drive on uneven rural roads or roads that are covered in potholes.
A bulge in one of your tyres indicates that its interior liner has been damaged. This type of damage can significantly increase the likelihood of a blowout occurring whilst you are driving. A blowout is when the tyre wall bursts open very suddenly, resulting in a rapid loss of inflation.
It is impossible to continue driving after a blowout. If this happens when you are on the road, you would almost certainly lose control of your vehicle and get into a road accident. Given this, it is vital to replace a tyre the moment you notice any bulges in it.Share
28 August 2017
Hello! Welcome to my blog! My name is Stan and this is my brand new blog. I hope you like it. This blog will be dedicated to the topic of how to keep the tyres and wheels on your car are in good condition. I learnt about this subject the hard way and it is my hope that this blog will prevent you from having to do the same. It all started when I was driving down the road and I heard a very loud bang. The next thing I know, I can see one the wheels of my car travelling down the road next to my vehicle. However, it was not attached to my car! The guy in the auto repair shop fix it up and explained how I could look after my wheels and tyres in the future.