Have you ever given any thought to the humble tyre treads? They are not there just for increasing the appeal of your car, they are pivotal for your tyres’ well-being, and by extension, to your well-being as well. How exactly? Read on to know that.
When you buy a new tyre Bicester, you probably check its ratings, which type of tyre it is, its load capacity and everything else under the sun. But do you check its treads? Are you aware that there are different types of treads for different purposes?
If you do, you’re a rare specimen of extremely cautious human beings. We appreciate that. If you don’t, here’s your chance to upgrade yourself. Knowledge is power.
Why Do Tyres Need Treads?
Your Goodyear tyres have to withstand many things for doing the simple job of taking you from Point A to Point B. Potholes, puddles, wet roads, ice and snow (honourable mentions, not applicable to all), debris, uneven terrain, heat build-up… The list is practically endless.
The one thing that separates a fully functioning tyre from one that has succumbed to these elements is the tread on it. A detailed analysis of the advantages of tyre treads is given below:
Grip, Grip, Grip
Even if you’re a novice at driving, you must know that better grip on tyres equates to better handling of your car. The braking distance is also relevant in this context. Tyre treads help in attaining both.
There is an inverse correlation between tread depth and braking distance. The lesser the tread depth, the greaterwill be the stopping distance. Research has shown that stopping distance increases by as much as 44% when the tread depth is 1.6mm, which is the legal limit in the UK.
If you want optimal braking from your car, you should maintain a tread depth of at least 3mm. anything less, and it’ll begin to show on your braking performance and you’ll soon have to visit an auto garage such as Phillips Tyres Bicester.
Keeping Law Enforcement at Bay
We touched on this on the last point. There is a legal limit of tread depth that needs to be adhered to in Britain. The magic number is 1.6 mm.
When you buy a new set of Goodyear tyres in Bicester or anywhere else for that matter, it has a tread depth of 8mm. With time, it begins to deteriorate. That’s pretty normal. The problem starts when they fall below 3 mm. That’s when you’ll begin to notice the difference. But you’re still on the right side of the law. So, who cares?
But be careful. If it falls below 1.6mm, you risk getting pulled over by the police, fined a handsome amount, and handed three penalty points against your driver’s license. And you’ll still need to change your tyres after that. Why not do it beforehand?
Heat And Water Dispersion
Friction is your tyre’s worst enemy. It generates an insane amount of heat, considering the spinning rate of tyres.
Another problem is aquaplaning. When you drive on wet roads, if the water on tyres isn’t dispersed quickly (within seconds), your wheels will start losing balance.
Treads help in dispersing both by channelling them through the grooves and releasing them outside.
Now that you know how vital treads are, we are sure you’ll pay particular attention to them. If you need any assistance regarding the treads of your Goodyear Tyres in Bicester, take your car to an auto service garage.
Ready, get tread, go!