How to Properly Check Your Tyre Treads

When was the last time you checked?

While some of you may like driving as much as we do, there’s always a concern about maintaining your vehicle. Luckily, modern cars feature loads of technology to instantly alert us to problems. However, because your tyres are on the outside of the car, they’re easy to monitor for wear and tear.

Even with a full view of each tyre, you have to know what to look for. Check out our handy guide with information from Goodyear on how to properly check your tyres, just in time for Tyre Safety Month.

Wear Bars:
Your tyres have a smart system of wear bars. These only become visible with the rubber of the tyre is worn down. So, if you can see these bars, it’s time to get new tyres.

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Wear Patterns:
One sign that something isn’t right is wonky wear patterns. If there are some spots that are more or less worn it could mean you have a bigger problem on your hands, such as worn shocks. That said, not all of your tyres will wear in the same way as it depends on your driving.

Inflation Level:
Overinflating your tyres can lead to only the centre treads experiencing wear. Likewise, if the wear is only on the edges, you either need to check for punctures or top up the air.

Tread Depth:
It’s actually the law in Europe that treads must measure at least 1.6mm deep. This goes for the treads all around the tyres. However, in the winter, Goodyear say that 4mm is ideal.

Sawtoothed Edges:
A pattern of sawtoothed edges means you’ve either driven too close to a kerb or your alignment is off.

Unwelcomed Guests:
Finally, you should always keep an eye for unwanted items in your tyres. Debris on the road such as nails, screws, glass, or even hard plastic, can cause punctures. Even if there isn’t an obvious initial leak, a lodged particle can have dangerous results.

Checking your tyres isn’t just vital in the winter. It’s something you need to be mindful of all year ‘round. Have any more tips we should add to the list? Tell us below!