Having tires in good condition is essential in order to ensure a safe driving. Climatic conditions, road conditions, your driving style are all factors that can affect the durability of the tire. The important thing to remember is that no matter the
Many factors can impact tire durability, including weather conditions, storage and use conditions. Generally, after five years of use or more, tires should be inspected annually by a specialist to avoid unexpected punctures or splits. Each tire has a speed rating beyond which your tires are subject to premature wear. It's important to know your speed rating or, simply respect the speed limits on the road! Driving in the city, with its many stops and starts and often worse roads, is a factor of more marked wear of your tires than driving on the highway. If you travel mainly in the city, it is even more important to observe other means to ensure a better longevity. It may also be that your rubber wears on one side only, inside or outside. This is related to vehicle alignment problem, which usually needs to be done every 20,000 km. In other cases, the rubber on your tire may wear out jaggedly. You then have to check your suspensions or your alignment. To avoid this problem, be sure to frequently calibrate the air pressure in your tires. If you feel a vibration in your steering wheel, it is possible that your tires are not well balanced or that there is snow or ice inside them. You can have your wheels cleaned at your car mechanic or leave your vehicle in a warm place while it melts. In any case, it is recommended to rotate your four tires every 5000 to 8000 km. This permutation ensures normal wear and at the same time. it makes it easier to identify any anomalies. A worn suspension or misaligned wheel alignment will cause premature tire wear. If your car "pulls" more than one side than the other, if it bounces sharply on bumps or speed bumps, if it dives forward at stops, have it checked as soon as possible!
It is inadvisable to fit tires that are not identical (brand, structure, size) on the same axle. In the event of a puncture or deflation, a different tire may be used temporarily, but the driving speed must be reduced.
Do I need to change my tires?
To know whether to change a tire or not, you need to measure the tread thickness, which must be at least 1.6 mm. To read it, locate the wear indicator located at the bottom of the tread grooves and whose position is indicated by an arrow or a drawing on the sidewall of the tire. If the use is at the same level as the indicator, the tire needs to be changed. Some brands puts in place numerical indicators (called digital wear indicatos) on the tires. They indicate the depth reached by the rubber tread, the figures disappearing as and when worn.
You can also purchase a depth gauge to measure the thickness of the gum. You can find it at any specialized retailers or even online sales sites.
reading the gauge
5/32" and up, Your tire is safe
3/32" to 4/32". Consider changing, the tire has lost effective braking
2/32" or less. Change immediately, your safety is in danger
In order for your winter tires to be safe enough to tackle winter roads, their thickness should be about 6/32 inches (4.8mm).
For those who wants to evaluate the state of tires without having to visit a car mechanic, there are several methods to get a good idea by yourself. The most common method is probably using a 25 cents. Simply put the nose of the caribou down and insert it between the grooves of the tire. If the nose of the caribou remains visible, the tires are no longer able to be used.
The dangers of a sleek tire
Risk of an increased puncture
Loss of adhesion
Reduced braking efficiency
Air pressure in tires
Poor air pressure can increase fuel consumption and cause premature wear on your tires. How to know how much to inflate your tires? You
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