The tyres of your car affect many vital parameters of driving such as fuel economy, handling response and braking distance. It is essential to maintain their condition for the best driving experience. However, certain issues may crop up time and again which may compromise on the quality of your car tyres.
Given below is a list of the most common problems that British drivers face regarding their tyres.
Low air pressure
Under-inflation is without a doubt the most widespread tyre issue in Britain. It can be partly attributed to the negligence on the part of motorists. There are multiple disadvantages of driving on tyres with lower than recommended tyre inflation pressure.
You’ll get lower fuel mileage.
Handling and braking will be affected.
There will be uneven and rapid tread wear on the outside portion of the tyre.
You’ll fail your MOT Rotherham.
All these issues can are easily avoidable if you check your tyre inflation pressure once a week and refill as necessary. You can check the pressure at home with the help of a tyre pressure gauge, available in the market within £5.
Low tread depth
New car tyres come with a tread depth of 8mm. However, with regular usage, the tread erodes slowly. Although the legal minimum tread depth is 1.6mm, it is paramount to maintain a tread depth of at least 3mm for safe driving.
You can quickly check if your tyres have adequate tread depth. Insert a 20p coin in the central tread. If the outer band is not visible, your tyres have sufficient tread depth left. Repeat the process on at least three separate areas of the tyre.
It is important to note here that low tread depth is one of the leading causes of MOT failures.
Out of balance
New tyres are perfectly balanced, meaning that the weight of the tyre is distributed evenly throughout its body. Due to various circumstances, tyres might get unbalanced, and you’ll face a plethora of problems.
Irregular and patchy tread wear
Increased chances of tyre blowouts
Vibrations through the steering wheel or floorboard
Decreased steering response
Reduced fuel economy
There’s nothing you can do at home to mend an out of balance tyre. You must visit ETS and let the professionals perform wheel balancing Rotherham. It requires dedicated machines and technical know-how to complete the process efficiently.
Misalignment of wheels is not technically a problem with tyres but with the suspension system. However, the blow of misaligned wheels is taken by the tyres. It occurs when the wheels do not conform to the angles set by the car manufacturer. If your car’s tyres are tilting in any direction, it means that they have fallen out of alignment.
Misaligned wheels cause a lot of damage to your car’s tyres, and also affect your drivability. However, it is easy to miss because the symptoms because they are quite generic and take effect gradually. An alert motorist will notice the following signs of wheel misalignment.
Irregular tread wear on one particular side
Car pulling to one direction
Increased fuel consumption
Off-centre steering wheel
Like balancing, wheel alignment is also not DIY-friendly. You’ll need professional help to address this issue.
For optimal drivability, it is crucial to ensure that tyres are in a perfect working condition. These issues can get in the way of that. It’s your responsibility as a driver to take care of them before it’s too late.