Tyres are one of the most important parts of your car. Huge engines and expensive transmission systems are of no use if your tyres are not capable of working under that pressure. Well maintained tyres Bilston provide an adequate grip of the road and provide you with the manoeuvrability of the car, while also ensuring your safety. In this article, we have discussed the important elements of a good tyre, and also, how to maintain and increase their life.
Tread is the patterns and grooves on your tyres and are responsible for gripping the road. Different tread patterns have different uses, therefore, know what you’re buying before you buy it. Tread is also responsible for gripping the road in wet conditions and to prevent aquaplaning. Aquaplaning is a dangerous situation and happens when your car isn’t able to reach out and grip the road due to the presence of water. Your car drifts (or slides) unintentionally and controlling your car in this condition can be a bit difficult and scary as well.
Nowadays, many tyres have tread markers between the actual tread blocks. These markers are of 1.6mm and are intended to be an indication for tyre changing time. When your tread blocks wear and reach the same height of the markers, you should visit a tyre store and get your worn-off tyre(s) replaced. Do this before the cops get a hold of you as driving a car with tyres below tread depth of 1.6mm is illegal and a punishable offence. You can be fined up to £2,500 and three penalty points on your driving license as well. You should change your tyres not only to save yourself from the police but also to save yourself from any jeopardy.
Tyre Rotation, Balancing and Alignment
These three are the three elements that decide a tyre’s life. Misalignment can reduce the life-span of a tyre drastically and cause excessive wearing on the misaligned tyre. A sudden impact or uneven wearing due to any other reason could cause misalignment. This should be corrected as soon as possible to avoid any extensive damage on the tyre and the suspension system.
You can get this done by taking your car for a laser wheel alignment check. When you plan to rotate or replace your tyres, they’ll be balanced first and then rotated and aligned. Tyre rotation can help you prevent your tyres from wearing off at a specific point and spread the wearing evenly around the tyre.
Get your wheels aligned after every 10,000kms or whenever you get your tyres rotated. Take your car to rotate and balance your tyres every 5,000 – 10,000kms.
The amount of air pressure in your air has more effects than what it seems to have. Ignoring this could reduce your car’s fuel efficiency, tyre life and possibly create tyre burst situations. Under-inflation can cause the generation of extra heat and cause the tyre to wear-off faster than usual, while also reducing fuel efficiency. Too much of wearing can possibly be the reason for tyre bursts which can be life-threatening if it occurs when the car is moving at a high speed. Over-inflation can reduce the area of contact between the tyre and road surface, which reduces the gripping capacity of the tyres. This increases the chance of losing control of the vehicle, and more prone to aquaplaning.
Tyres are like your shoes. Once the sole’s grip is gone, in tyre’s case tread, it’s of not much use and is rather more dangerous to wear. Both, shoes and tyres, skid on the water when they lose their gripping patterns and should be replaced for better control and traction while walking, or driving. If you require a tyre switch or need assistance with some tyre trouble, contact us at First Stop Auto Centre. Our experts will be more than happy to help you with any issue you throw at them. In case of any queries related to Tyres Bilston or in general to car parts, you can contact us as well. Our skilful technicians will provide you with the best possible solutions and advice for your queries as well.