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The Importance of Tyre Health

July 16, 2014

Tyres are an integral cog when it comes to the safety of your car. It’s key to look after your tyres to ensure they’ll look after you, because without doing so you increase the risks of:

You have an increased risk of hydroplaning. If you came into contact with unhealthy tyres, your risk of hydroplaning is increased by 48%. Hydroplaning occurs when a layer of water gets between the tire and the road surface. The tire loses its ability to grip the road, causing the car to spin out of control. Modern tire tread patterns contain deep grooves that channel water away from the tire, enabling it to maintain a firm grip on the road in wet conditions. As the tread wears away over time, the grooves become shallower, making them less effective at directing water away from the tire. The balder the tire, the greater the risk of hydroplaning, even on roads that are only slightly wet. So if you want proper road grip, you can visit Point S website for booking tyres in places like Surrey and others.

You could have an unsafe heat build up. Driving creates friction between your tires and the road surface, and as we all learned in 6th grade science class, friction creates heat. The faster you drive, the more heat the tire must be able to withstand – which is another reason to always have sufficient tread depth. Treads help cool the tire by allowing air to flow in between the grooves. Today’s tires are made to withstand high levels of heat. But when the treads wear down, the heat can climb to unsafe levels. Too much heat can cause a blowout, causing you to lose control of the car, especially at high speeds.

It would be unsafe to handle snow or ice. Driving on a road covered with snow or ice can be a risky proposition unless you have good snow tires with plenty of treads. Your winter tires should also have “sipes” – small, thin grooves or channels cut into the edges of the treads that help improve traction by providing more surface area to grip the road. These days, many snow tires come equipped with snipes. If your tires don’t have them, a tire shop can add the extra edges for you. Keep in mind that as your tread wears away, so do the snipes. A lack of either one increases the odds of spinning out on icy roads.

Loss of air pressure. Bald tires lose air faster than tires with good tread depth. Even if you check your tire pressure on a regular basis, low-tread tires can lose their air sooner than you think. Once your tires become underinflated, the risk factor significantly increases. Improperly inflated tires can’t grip the road properly, even in dry conditions, which can make it harder to steer your car. They can also impact braking by causing the car to skid during sudden stops. They even affect your bank account by reducing gas mileage (which drives up gasoline costs) and causing the tread to wear out quicker, which requires replacing the tires sooner than expected.

Risk of sudden blowouts. Thick treads help reduce the chances of suffering a blowout while driving. They can’t prevent all punctures, but if you run over a nail or other hard, sharp object, they stand a better chance than bald tires of resisting the blowout. Few moments behind the wheel are more frightening or dangerous that a sudden blowout at freeway speeds.


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