Driving around with tyres that are long past their point of replacement will not only get you into trouble if a vigilant policeman catches you, but it will also expose you and your precious ride to an increased level of risk and danger. The speed with which you drive, the intensity and frequency with which you apply brakes, average tyre pressure and the road and climate conditions of where you drive can all determine how often these vital rubber components need replacing. Here are a few key tyre-related aspects that you should look out for in order to accurately figure out when you must get rid of them and invest in a new set with better grip.
Roads today are filled with so many things that can cause substantial damage to the integrity of your tyres, no matter how new they might be. Abrasions, cuts and breaks can cause damage to the tyre’s internal fabric. If such damage goes unnoticed, they might bring about catastrophic consequences, especially when travelling at high speeds on a highway. A blowout occurring as a result of internal damage at such a situation might send the vehicle spinning out of control at very high speeds, putting your life in danger. Small punctures, however, can be repaired easily by a professional if the issue is recognized in time.
You can easily check the depth of the tread and make sure it’s well above the minimum depth required by the law, which is 1.6 mm. Although anything above this figure will keep you safe from the low, it is advisable to take the spares out of the spare tyre covers. Replace the old ones with these if the depth is below 3 mm, which is the point beyond which the braking distances begin to get affected.
A blowout usually occurs as a result of the under-inflation of the tyres. When inflated below the required level, the rubber structure gets compressed way more than it is supposed to as the entire weight of the vehicle pushes it down. Once this continues for a long time, heat built up on the rubber walls will cause the structure to blowout, often flattening the tyre. At this point, you have no option but to replace the flattened rubber with a new one.
Uneven Tread Wear
While all of the above cases are specifically related to the integrity of the tyres, uneven tread wear may be related to more serious vehicular problems that extend beyond the rubber components. Check to see if the tread is worn out in different areas of the tyres differently and if so, quickly drive down to your auto-service provider as the reason behind this apparent issue may be a more serious wheel misalignment that only a professional will be able to diagnose. Misalignment can cause rapid wear along the inner or outer edges of the tyres which can be easily recognized upon routine inspection. Wheels can become misaligned as a result of colliding with a kerb, driving over a pothole, or the wear and tear of the vehicle’s steering components.