The Tyre Tread Guide
Tyres are an important part of your car. They keep you on the road, ensure a smooth and stable ride as well as helping you brake when you need to stop. One way to check the state of your tyres is through the tread. It can show you the state of your tyres and guide you on whether they are in good condition or whether you might need to replace them. Complete monthly tyre tread checks as well as before and after long journeys to see if you need a tyre repair or replacement
Here are some factors to consider when checking your tyre tread
Look out for signs of visible wear. When the tyre tread is worn out, it shows. This means they need to be replaced. Look out for a mark on the sidewall which shows you where to check for comparison purposes.
Any tread that is less than 1.6mm around the tyres circumference could be a sign that you might need to replace your tyres. This can be done with a trend depth gauge to confirm the depth of your tyre trend and be sure to check both the inside and outside of the treads. For snow tires, the minimum depth is 4mm.
Sometimes objects get stuck in the tread so it’s a good idea to remove it if you can. However, if it’s a sharp object which can puncture the tyre, the best option would be to head to a garage to remove it and seal the puncture to avoid getting a flat tyre.
If you have uneven wear across one tyre, this might mean your shocks are worn especially if you see bald spots. It could also mean your wheels need balancing or alignment. Since the front part of your car bears more weight and does more steering your front tires might wear our faster. If they wear out faster than usual, check your suspension. If the wear is on one side of your car, then you might need to go for alignment.
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