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

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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 avoiding excessive braking distances. That is the reason why it is necessary to inspect their condition on a regular basis. However, as many drivers, you are certainly wondering "How to check tyre wear?". Here is some tips for you to know more about wear of your tyres and how to identify an abnormal one.

 

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". Insert a one-cent coin into the most worn grooves of your tyre. If the tips on the edge of the coin are clearly visible, 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 due to all the kilometers they have been through. There is no number of kilometers 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 notice internal 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 extremitiesCould be from an insufficiently inflated tyre
  • Wear in the center of the treadThe tyre could be too inflated or damaged due to excessive speed
  • Wear of a single shoulderCould be from a deficient parallelism
  • Uneven wearCould be from a deficient parallelism or 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, get in touch with your Point S dealer as soon as possible.

 

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