In addition to the longevity expected by the manufacturer, other factors can affect the life of a tire. Find out how to tell if these are worn out and when to change them.
The only link between the car and the road, the tires plays a vital role in many areas of driving. Safety, of course, but also comfort and fuel consumption, everything is linked to the quality and condition of the rubber fitted to our vehicle. Suffice to say that it is better to be vigilant to keep them in good condition, in order to avoid the risk of accident and the increase in consumption. Considered as a consumable, just like brake pads, the tire is also the main cause of inspection check-ups. Suffice to say that it is essential to monitor them regularly. But how do you really know when to change them? Auto-Moto gives you its advice.
What damages the tires?
First of all, you have to know what are the main causes of tire wear. And the least we can say is that they are very numerous. Physical factors, such as age obviously come into play, but not only, since theroad conditions as well as climatic conditions also play a role. Driving style also has a very strong impact, whether it is excessive speed, emergency braking or sudden starts. Finally, improper use can also prematurely deteriorate the compounds, for example if you use winter tires in summer or if you fit compounds whose load and speed indices do not correspond to the recommendations. Also, avoid re-inflating a tire that has run flat.
The signs are unmistakable
There are many signs that let you know if your tires need to be changed. First, check the wear indicator, which is not yet to be reached. But just because this setting is good doesn’t mean your tires are in good condition. Also check the sidewalls, which must not be damaged. No foreign body must have become lodged in the tread, which must show uniform wear. While driving, make sure that you do not feel any vibrations or disturbances of any kind. This could indeed be a sign that your tires need to be changed. If in doubt, consult a professional who will be able to guide you on the procedure to follow.
When and how to check your tires?
There are several ways to check the condition of your tires. First, check the pression of these, if possible once a month, in order to avoid unpleasant surprises. Also take a look at the tread wear, thanks to the wear indicator. There is also a simple trick, which consists of sliding a 1 € coin in the central grooves of the tire, the “facing” side in front of you. If you can see all the stars, then your best bet is to change your tires. Finally, also check the flanks and make sure you don’t find any hernias or punctures. Also make sure that the wear is always uniform, otherwise indicating a balancing fault or parallelism.
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