Checking your tyre treads the easy way

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Your vehicle is a true workhorse getting you from A to B every single day. While the journey might be fun, your car needs maintenance whether your commute is 5 miles or 50 miles. Your vehicle may be equipped with technology to let you know when something is awry. This is helpful, but it’s not 100%. You still need to be checking your tyres on your own.

Luckily, you have a full view of your tyres without needing to open the hood. Check out this helpful guide from Goodyear so you can be sure you’re checking your tyre treads correctly.

Reading Wear Bars

This cleverly designed system is built right into your tyres. Wear bars only become visible if the rubber is worn down. Generally speaking, if the wear bars can be seen, it’s time to get new tyres.

Patterns of Wear

Patterns on your tyres can indicate driving habits as well as bigger problems. For example, if you notice uneven signs of wear, your shock might need replacing. However, all tyres wear differently so it’s important to keep an eye on them and notice irregularities.

Inflation Levels

We all know flat tyres are bad news, but over-inflating your tyres can cause uneven wear. As a result, the durability of the tyre can be compromised.

Depth of Treads

It’s the law that your tyre treads must be 1.6mm or deeper and applies to treads all around your tyres. But, this is a minimum. In fact, Goodyear recommend a depth of 4mm to account for varying driving conditions.

Sawtoothed Edges

If you see sawtoothed edges on your tyres, you most likely brushed along a kerb or your alignment could be off. Regardless, you should take your vehicle in for a checkup and possible tyre replacement.

Stuck Debris

From nails to glass to hard pieces of plastic, debris stuck in your tyres is never good. You should always be checking as these pieces can cause punctures. Although you may not notice a leak of air, a slow leak could prove disastrous on your journey.

Checking your tyres is necessary throughout the year. Road conditions change along with the seasons and your tyres might need changing along with them. Do you have more tips to add? Tell us below!