Do You Need New Tyres?
Changing tyres – an incredibly important process, yet something that is neglected or forgotten by motorists all over the world. Over time, the tread on tyres will become worn and eventually disappear, which will have an adverse effect on the way your car handles on the road. There are a number of signs that can help you identify whether or not you need new tyres, and this piece will look into them.
The legal tread depth limit is 1.6mm. Many tyre manufactures will incorporate a tyre wear indicator (TWI), making it easier for you to see when the tyre has reached the limit. When the tyre tread is worn to the height of the indicator, this means that you need to replace them as soon as possible.
Cracks in the sidewall of your tyres often occur after they have been in use for a long period of time, normally due to prolonged exposure to sunlight. Sidewall cracks mean that the tyre is drying out and it is time for them to be replaced, lest you suffer a separation of tread or, even worse, a burst tyre.
If you feel unusual vibrations from your car while driving, it could be because the tyres are not aligned properly. If you continue to drive on improperly aligned tyres, they can suffer excessive wear and tear. Although the vibration is not a sign of necessary replacement itself, it can still lead to problems which means you should certainly take your vehicle to a specialist.
Tyres, on average, will last for around five years before they start to show signs of serious wear. The week and year of manufacture is usually printed on the sidewall of the tyre – this will give you a rough estimate of when you need to start looking into buying a new set of tyres for your vehicle. The reason you need to replace tyres after this time, even if you can’t see any visible signs of serious wear, is that the chemical structures in the tyre will start to break down, making the tyre weaker as a whole.
Gripping the road is important at all times, and especially in adverse conditions. If you keep track of the quality of your tyres, you are ensuring that your vehicle performs at the optimum level. By paying attention to these signs and taking action quickly, you can save yourself time, money and most importantly you can keep yourself safer on the roads.
Here at K&M Autocentre, we are proud to offer a wide range of tyres from leading manufacturers and budget lines alike, ensuring that whether you have a sports car or 4×4, motorbike or saloon, we can fit you with the perfect tyres. For more information, please feel free to get in touch with us today.← What is Involved in an MOT? World Car of the Year Awards 2015 →