When was the last time you inspected your tyres? Most vehicle owners tend to underestimate the importance of reliable tyres. In fact, tyre failure can have catastrophic consequences. It can cause your vehicle to crash or unexpectedly swerve.
In this post, we’re summarising a checklist of signs indicating the need to get your worn-out and damaged tyres replaced. Take a look.
Some amount of vibration, especially on a rough road, is normal and nothing to worry about. However, if your car continues to rattle on smooth roads, then there is something wrong with the tyres. Unbalanced or misaligned wheels are usually the culprit behind excessive vibrations. Another reason could be internal tire damage. Apart from an uncomfortable driving experience, misaligned tyres can also cause accidents.
Worn-Out Tread Depth
The more your drive, the more the tread depth wears out. Such tyres accumulate more heat, which can cause them to burst. Besides being dangerous, you can also be fined for driving with bald tyres. If the tread depth is lower than 3mm, it’s imperative that you get a new set as soon as possible.
Have you noticed cracks or cuts on your sidewalls? This indicates the degradation of the tyre’s oils and rubber materials. Driving with a cracked tyre is highly risky, especially if you’re driving at high speed. Instead of compromising road safety, you should take your car to a mechanic for the necessary repair or replacement.
You cannot continue to drive with the same set of tyres for the rest of your life. Typically, tyres have a life span of three to five years. This depends on your driving style, maintenance and driving conditions, among other factors.
If your tyre is older than five years, you need to invest in a new set of tyres. You can easily explore and shop tyres online.
Bulges & Blisters
Don’t make the mistake of ignoring bulging or blisters on your tyres. Any bulging or blistering implies a weak sidewall, which could easily blow out at any time. You should immediately get your tyres checked by a mechanic and possibly get them replaced.
Do you hear strange noises every time you drive your car? While odd sounds could be indicating a wide range of problems, they could also be pointing towards issues with your tyre. Any creaking or squeaking sounds are usually associated with damaged tyres. Rather than ignoring these signs, we urge you to get your tyres inspected by a professional.
Are your tyres getting frequently punctured? Instead of blaming your bad luck, you should take a closer look at the health of your tyres. When you have used a set of tyres for a while, the belt and cord can wear down and cause punctures. Additionally, we also suggest watching out for tyre pressure to prevent blowouts or punctures.
Have certain parts of your tyre worn out more than others? This is another sign highlighting suspension or alignment problems. It would be best to take your vehicle to a mechanic and get your wheels aligned properly. You should also get your tyres rotated on a regular basis.
We also encourage you to pay attention to your driving style. Turning too fast or speeding over potholes can cause premature wearing. Moreover, ensure your tyres have adequate pressure.
From using unsuitable tyres to neglecting tread separation, there are plenty of defects that can lead to disastrous tyre failure. We urge you to stay on top of routine tyre inspection and maintenance. Look out for the above-mentioned signs to know when it’s time to replace your tyres.
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