Tyres Safety – when worn tyres become a risk…

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It’s pretty obvious when you have a flat tyre, on your car, or your car tyre has burst. It’s noisy, the car doesn’t feel like it’s driving well, and you know you need to get it fixed or replaced promptly and that you cannot drive your car safely. However, most people are not aware of the full dangers of worn tyres on their car, and how silently, this can be putting them at risk of a potentially lethal accident. 

As the only part of a vehicle in contact with the road surface, tyres play a critical role in road safety. Acceleration, braking, steering and cornering all rely on the tires’ relatively small contact area with the road surface so their correct selection, care and maintenance is essential.

However, each year in the UK, more than 1200 road casualties are caused by an accident where illegal defective or under-inflated tires are a contributory factor.

To maximise road safety and prolong tyre life, a tyres’s pressure, tread depth and general condition should be checked regularly.

Tyre manufacturers have made bald tires easier to spot by placing a series of molded horizontal bars at the base of the grooves. The bars become flush with surrounding tread when wear reduces a groove’s depth to 2/32 of an inch. That’s also the point where tires will fail a safety inspection—and where tread must be worn for you to collect on a tyre’s tread-wear warranty.

So you need to consider replacing your tyre before they reach this point and you are putting yourself and other on the road around you, at risk. You can find car tyres at Point S website easily, and have them replaced before your car is unsafe to drive. 

This is particularly important in winter, when the roads are wet, possibly icy, or you may even by driving in snowy conditions. You could consider changing your tires to winter tyres, but even if you don’t do this, you need to regularly monitor and check your tyres on your car for wear and if you think they are worn or you can see signs of wear, you should have them replaced. It’s also vital to make sure that if you are told your tyres need replacing after your car has had it’s annual check, that you do so. Checking your tyres should be part of your regular car maintenance routine. It’s simply not worth risking driving on unsafe tires and the possibility of an accident. 

How often do you check your car tyres? 

Worn tyres should be replaced as a matter of common sense to assure safety, but in some jurisdictions, there are also legal requirements to replace worn tyress. In many US States, tyres are considered to be legally worn out when they have worn down to 1/16″ (1.6mm) of their remaining tread depth. In the UK, the minimum depth of the tread on tires is 1.6 millimeters across the central ¾ of the tread around the whole tire. (Information sourced from The AA where you can also choose new care tyres)

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