Technically, tyres start getting worn the moment you roll out of the lot at the car showroom. From here on, it’s a good idea to check your tyres every month to make sure they’re not worn out. This will help you decide if they’re okay, need to be realigned or checked by your mechanic.
Before you even begin to drive your car, check to make sure that the tyres are not over or under-inflated or misaligned since this will cause heat build-up and make your vehicle unsafe. You don’t have to be a mechanic to be able to check your car tyres. Even a novice can use the following tips to check their tyres for signs of wear and tear:
1. Is the Tyre Damaged?
Sharp nails or even jagged stones occasionally get stuck on car tyres – this causes them to start deflating and cause your vehicle to become unbalanced. If you see anything stuck on the tyre, try pulling it out. If it makes a sharp hissing sound, push it back in lightly to keep the tyre from deflating completely and get it checked and replaced.
2. Do the Tyres Sit Well?
Overtime, depending on the way you drive and the quality of the tyres, they may bulge outwards or sit a little deeper than usual. The same signs become visible if the tyre is badly worn.
3. Do the Tyre Treads Look Alright?
Most quality tyres will display obvious signs of wear. The treads of a worn out tyre will be snubbed to the point where a warning line will appear. If the tyre is worn all over the line will become more visible. Once you see this, it’s time to get your tyre/s checked.
Tyre treads should ideally have a minimum depth of 1.6 mm. If the depth is only slightly more than this, it’s not a problem, but if it gets below 2 – 3 mm, it’s time to get your tyres checked.
What Can Cause Your Tyres to Wear Out?
Some tyres wear out naturally overtime, but certain culprits can speed this process up. These include:
- Underinflated tyres – this may be due to a leakage as well
- Overinflated tyres – if a novice fills up their own tyre, this is likely
- Misaligned tyres
- Tyres that are out of balance
- If only certain parts of the tyres are worn, it’s likely that you’re driving too fast, especially when turning
Check Your Tyres Regularly
Keep an eye out for tyres deflating due to leaks or any other signs of wear. If you’re unsure about the condition of your tyre or whether or not you need to replace it, get it checked. If you’re getting worn out tyres replaced, don’t let them end up in a junkyard or spread toxic metals as they deteriorate underground. At BSV Tyre Recycle, you can not only drop off tyres to be recycled, but you can also buy quality rubber crumbs for different purposes.