How to Check Your Tyre Treads

It's easier than you think

No matter how fun and interesting driving can be, maintaining your vehicle can often come with a headache. However, cars of today actually feature lots of technology to keep us on top of any problems. However, because tyres are on the outside of the car, it’s easier than you think to keep an eye on wear and tear.

But, even with a full view of your tyres, you have to know what to look for. This handy guide from Goodyear shows you how to properly check your tyres.

Wear Bars:
Your tyres have a built-in wear system called wear bars. These small bars are only visible when the rubber of the tyre is worn down. As a rule of thumb, if you can see these bars, it’s time to get new tyres.

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Wear Patterns:
If your tyres have uneven wear patterns, it could be a sign of a bigger problem. For instance, if some spots are more or less worn than others it could mean you have worn shocks. That said, not all tyres will wear in the same way and it does depend on your driving.

Inflation Level:
If you overinflate your tyres, the centre treads can experience more wear than the rest of the tyre. Similarly, if the wear pattern is the opposite, you may need to top up the air or even check for a puncture.

Tread Depth:
Did you know that it’s the law in Europe that tyre treads must measure at least 1.6mm deep? This law goes for the treads all around the tyres. However, remember that this is a minimum. In varying driving conditions, such as in the winter, Goodyear say that a depth of 4mm is ideal.

Sawtoothed Edges:
If you can see a pattern of sawtoothed edges you’ve either driven too close to a kerb or your alignment is off. Either way, your tyres may need further inspection.

Unwelcomed Guests:
Finally, you should continuously check for unwanted items in and around your tyres. Debris; like nails, screws, glass, or even hard plastic; can cause punctures. Even if there isn’t an obvious initial leak, a lodged particle can have dangerous results when you’re mid-journey.

Checking your tyres is imperative all year long. As road conditions change, your tyres may need changing. Have any more tips we should add to the list? Tell us below!