There is no debate in saying that tires are extremely important and critical component of a vehicle that not only affect the road experience but also determine the safety and overall performance. Ironically tires continue to remain the most neglected thing on a vehicle when they are the only part of the vehicle that actually make contact with the road and make it turn stop or accelerate.
I have attended several road safety awareness seminars where I have seen several road safety experts emphasizing on the good condition of tires and how it can help you avoid accidents. Several reports indicate that hundreds and thousands of accidents occur annually just because of tire failures, which is why it is important to regularly check and closely examine the condition of your tires every now and then to ensure a safe and smooth drive.
No tire brand can guarantee you a lifetime quality performance. After a couple of years, the performance starts to drop as tires lose traction and braking ability. Especially in Middle East, the drivers must be extra careful as the extreme weather conditions further shrink the rubber life so an unexpected rubber change must not be that much of a surprise.
If you drive in middle east, here are few warning signs that you indicate you that it’s time to replace the tires.
- Reduced Tread depth
Tread depth as we all know is the most important safety measure to consider when inspecting your car tyres. Reduced tread depth is the upfront indicator that your tire can no longer serve you. Surprisingly, many people do not have idea about the tire tread and the recommended depth.
The tread of a tire refers to the patterns punched on the tire surface circumference that provides friction and grip while you travel on the roads and thus prevent loss of car control. Experts generally recommend that the tire tread depth should never fall below 1/16 of an inch (1.6 millimeters). However; if you regularly drive on wet and slippery tracks, you definitely need more traction and it’s wise to dump tire when the depth drops below 2.00millimiteres.
- Cracks on the Sidewall
The side of the tires are always prone to damage. Be it any famous brand like Dunlop Dubai, continental Tires, Maxxis or any other; after a couple of years cracks will appear on the sidewall which will start to grow and become more visible with time. If you notice such cracks, you should start contemplating about purchasing new tires.
It is indeed a very good practice to do visual check at least a month as tracks or cuts in the sidewall and grooves can be extremely dangerous and may cause a sudden tire failure. Moreover, it also indicates that the tire is developing a leak which is definitely something you must avoid. As they rightly say” better safe than sorry”, if the cracks on the sidewall start to look serious, get to the tire shop and get them replaced ASAP
- Blisters and Slits
If during the inspection you notice some irregular slits and bulges on the tires, it is an indicator that your tyre has stepped into the last phase of its life and must be spared soon. It is extremely very dangerous to drive with bulging tyres as you may lose the control of the vehicle. If you see bulges don’t risk it and immediately replace it with a new tyre.
A certain amount of vibration is inevitable when driving, but too much vibration is an indicator that something is wrong. It most likely indicates an alignment, balancing issue or your shock absorbers are starting to go, however; if vibrations are left unattended over a long period, tires sustain excessive and uneven wear that may result in premature removal.
Though tyre vibration do not indicate that the tyres need to be changed, it is best to investigate the matter and get it resolved.
- Tyre Age
In general, the life of tyre is around 5 years. After 5 years, tires begin to show serious wear and starts to deteriorate.. However, remember your tyre may be older than five years even if you haven’t been driving them for that long.
It is important to check for the manufacturing date of tyres when you buy. Most of the famous brands mention a four digit number clearly on the sidewall. The first two numbers indicate the week, whereas the remaining two digits indicate the year of its manufacture.