HOW TO SPOT TYRE DAMAGE

Often, tyre damage can go unnoticed, however, tyre damage can be really dangerous so it’s important to check them regularly. Tyres keep your vehicle in contact with the road so any damage that has occurred can cause serious issues. Read below to find out how to spot tyre damage:

Tyre cuts
Cuts on your tyres can be caused by objects in the road’s surface such as pot holes or debris on the roads which can damage the surface of the tyre. In unlucky situations, tyre cuts can instantly cause tyre failure. However, this isn’t usually the case. Most cuts occur on the tyre sidewalls. If you discover any cuts on your tyres, you should get the tyre examined by a professional.

Tyre bulges
These usually occur as a result of your tyre impacting heavily on a solid object such as the kerb. This may not be noticeable straight away but later you may notice that the tyre is bulging where the impact occurred. The bulge will become a weak spot on the tyre and is best to get this checked as soon as possible.

Irregular tyre wear
Tyre wear occurs naturally and the speed that your tyres wear down is due to your driving style and how often you drive. Tyres under 1.6mm are below the legal limit and need to be changed. However, tyres that are under 3mm can wear down rapidly and lose grip.
If your tyres are over or under inflated, they can be subject to irregular wear, which means that your tyre may need to be replaced more quickly than necessary. If your tyres are over-inflated the tyres will wear down more in the centre. As a result, the contact patch between the tyre and the road is reduced. Under-inflated tyres also cause uneven wear but in this case to the edges of the tyre. This means that the fuel economy of your vehicle is reduced and you will have to fill up more often.

Punctures
Punctures are one of the most common types of tyre damage. When sharp objects from the road’s surface pierce the tyre, this causes air to leak out. The clearest sign of a puncture is a deflated tyre as air has leaked out through the hole in the tyre. Tyres that use technology, such as Continental’s ContiSeal™, puntures up to 5mm are sealed giving you extended mileage and mileage to safely reach a garage. Continental’s self-supporting Runflats as they allow the driver to continue driving for up to 50 miles (at a maximum speed of 50mph).

If you have any concerns about your tyres, drop in to Roadwheel for a free tyre safety check.

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