When to change the Car’s Tyres

You should never underestimate the importance of having good tyres. They are the only contact between you and the road. Each tyre touches the road surface on an area that is approximately the size of a postcard. Good tyres guarantee a safe and comfortable ride. Poor tyres heavily impact on the performance of the car on the road. The worn out tyres also increase the stopping distance and raise the risk of skidding or a having a blow-out which could result to a very serious accident. The following reasons should make you seriously consider changing your car’s tyres:

Worn out

It’s a good idea to check your tyres regularly for tyre wear. But how? Here’s a simple way to tell if your tyres are worn out. Most tyres have tread wear indicators situated in each of the main grooves of the tread. These indicators are small raised areas at the bottom of the grooves of the tread pattern. If the surface of the tread rubber is level with these raised areas, the tyre tread depth is most likely very close to the legal limit, or below it! I strongly recommend that you consider changing your tyres before this limit is reached. They may no longer provide sufficient safety and you could be breaking the law.

Signs of aging

Tyres have no predictable life. It doesn’t matter when the tyres were made. Tyres age even when not used, or if only used occasionally. There are many factors that will affect the life of the tyre such as temperature, maintenance, conditions of storage and use, load, speed, pressure as well as driving style. These will have a great impact on the length of service life you can expect from your tyres. You should pay regular attention to the external appearance of their tyres for clear signs of aging or fatigue. This can include cracking of the rubber or deformation, etc. Excessive aging of tyres may lead to loss of grip. Ensure that all tyres, including the spare, are inspected regularly by a tyre specialist. They can tell you whether your tyres should continue in service. However, if the tyres have not been replaced 10 years from their date of manufacture, I recommend you swap them with a new set. Even if they appear to be in usable condition and have not worn down to the tread wear indicator.

Damaged

Your tyre can be seriously damaged if it impacts any solid object on the road, like a kerb, pothole, or sharp object. Any visible perforation, cut or deformation must be checked thoroughly by a tyre professional. Only they can tell you whether the tyre can be repaired or has to be changed. Never use damaged tyres or tyres that have run flat or at very low pressures unless they have been thoroughly examined internally and externally by a tyre professional. Inspection by a professional is absolutely necessary because internal damage is not visible while the tyre is mounted; only then can a decision be made as to whether the tyre can be out back into service.

Abnormal wear

Abnormal tyre wear, in patches, in the centre, at the edges, may indicate a mechanical problem like improper wheel alignment, or a problem with wheel balance, suspension or transmission. It could also be that you’re driving with the wrong tyre pressure. If you notice abnormal wear, contact your tyre specialist. To prevent uneven wear, have your wheels aligned and balanced by a tyre specialist. This will also extend tread life and gives you a smoother ride. Another way to keep your tyre wear even is to rotate your wheel positions on a regular basis.

Remember

For best all-around performance, the same type of tyre should be used in all four wheel positions. Tyres of different sizes, constructions, and stages of wear may affect vehicle handling and stability. In addition, there may be specific recommendations by vehicle or tyre manufacturers which may apply to your vehicle. Do not mix radial and non-radial tyres on a vehicle. If mixing tyres is unavoidable, never mix radial and non-radial tyres on the same axle. Lastly always take your car for wheel balancing and alignment immediately after fitting new tyres. This will guarantee less tyre wear and enhanced performance while on the move. We recommend visiting one of our member garages for a proper tyre change, alignment and wheel balancing.

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