The wear of your tyres: how to recognise it’s abnormal?

Your tyres are the only component that keeps your car connected to the ground while driving. They ensure your safety by gripping the road and also by avoiding excessive braking distances. That is the reason why it is necessary to inspect their condition on a regular basis.But as many drivers, you are certainly wondering "How to check tyre wear?".To help you, here is some tips for you to know more on wear of your tyres andto recognise if the wear is abnormal.

How to check tyre wear?

Point S tyres or whichever brand possess tyre wear indicators. They become noticeable when the tread is thinned to 1.6mm or 2/32" thick. When those tyre wear indicators are showing, it is time to replace your tyre.

Another way of checking the tread wear of a tyre is the "sub-black test". You need to insert a one-cent coin into one of the grooves while making sure to position (your national coin) towards the inside of the tyre. If you see the tips at the top of the (depends on your national coin), you must replace the tyre.

Whatever technique you prefer, you should inspect each of your tyres at least once a month.

Tyre wear causes

Tyre wear can originate from two main reasons.

  • On the one hand, it can be a "natural" wear of the tyres due to all the kilometres they have been through. There is no number of kilometres to give as it depends on your driving habits.
  • On the other hand, the wear can alarm you on the deterioration of another component of your car that affects your tyres.

For these reasons, it is essential to assess regularly your tyre wear indicator.

Internal tyre wear causes

If you noticeinternal tyre wear, you should know that this issue can come from:

External tyre wear causes

There are different kinds of external tyre wear, each one with different causes.

Early wear on the extremities:
  • Could be from an insufficiently inflated tyre
Wear in the centre of the tread:
  • The tyre could be too inflated
  • The tyre could be damaged due to excessive speed
Wear of a single shoulder:
  • Could be from a deficient parallelism
Uneven wear:
  • Could be from a deficient parallelism
  • Could be from certain driving parts (dampers, steering) that need to be adjusted

In summary, checking the wear of your tyres improves your safety on the road.

If you are unsure or have any of the listed problems, consult your Point S dealer as soon as possible.

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