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3 Signs That Your Tyre is Wearing Out

3 signs that your Tyre is wearing outTyres are unquestionably an important components of every vehicle. They essentially serve four purposes – each of which is quintessential and irreplaceable in its function and performance. Its first and primary function is to enable traction with a surface and enforce brakes– the actions that enable you to drive a car. The second purpose of tyres is to support the weight of car along with its passengers. Thirdly, these very tyres help absorb shock and ensure a ride that is smooth and shock-free. Lastly, tyres are the components used in steering direction of travel. It is therefore without doubt that tyres need care and attention. Extensive use can cause wear and tear- the symptoms of which must be acknowledged and treated accordingly. Here are some common signs of tyres that are worn out.

1.Reduced Tread Depth

One of the best ways of assessing your tyre’s health is measuring its tread depth. Simply put,  tread depth is the depth or vertical distance between the top of the tyre to the bottom of the tyre’s deepest groove. Measuring the tread depth requires a gauge by the same name. However, in order to measure it to an approximate figure, one can use the popular ‘20p test’. The test requires you to place a 20p coin in the groove of the tyre and if you can see a protrusion of the coin on the outside, it is most likely that the tread depth is not of minimum legal requirement. Technically speaking, when tread depth is less than 1/16th of an inch and the flattened wheel is spread across the circumference of the wheel, then it a sure sign of a worn-out tyre.

2.Cracks on the Sidewalls

With constant use, exposure to sunlight and several other exterior factors, tyres begin to degrade. Oils, rubber and chemicals begin to disintegrate on account of exposure to UV rays and the result is seen in the form of cracks on the sidewalls along the circumference of the tyre. These cracks are usually not the ones that can be repaired and indicate immediate change of tyres. Age is yet another factor that must be factored in at this point. Usually, good quality tyres wear out over a period of 5-6 years and damage is seen in the form of cracks, blisters and slits.

3. Vibrations

A sure indication of tyre wear and tear is when the driver feels excessive or unusual vibrations while driving. Vibrations in a tyre occur on account of improper wheel alignment and balancing. Excessive vibrations can be dangerous in that driver judgement may be affected and can be cause for life-threatening accidents. Tyre vibrations do not necessarily mean that the tyre needs change. But they sure indicate need for immediate attention.

Wheel aligning and balance are important in tyre-care. Maintaining ideal pressure in wheels is yet another simple tool of tyre maintenance. When regularly undertaken, these simple measures can go a long way in maintaining the health and longevity of tyres. Tyres well maintained speak of a car that is also well maintained. Whether you are on the lookout for a used car or simply checking for the health of your vehicle or buying a new car, tyres make for a tell-all story. The above mentioned are sure indications of tyre health and must be undertaken on a regular basis for the benefit of the car and its passengers.


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