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What Can Damage Your Tyres on the Road?

tyre Car tyres play an integral role in the car’s steering, braking, control, grip, and overall safety on the roads. It is important to be aware that your tyres will always wear down over time, but there are a few things that can cause damage to your tyres that you need to be aware of so that they can be avoided at all costs.

It is also important to buy your car tyres from premium brands like Bridgestone, which should last longer and provide superior performance. So, what can damage your car tyres on the road?

Potholes

One of the most common sources of damage comes from potholes. Driving into a pothole can put excess strain on your tyres and increases the chance of a crack, split or deflation occurring. This is why you should avoid driving over potholes if possible and alert the council if you notice any on the roads.

Debris

Another common cause of damage stems from debris on the road. Glass, nails, rocks, and other sharp objects can lead to punctures. Unfortunately, there is not a huge amount that you can do about this, but it is a good idea to have a puncture repair kit and a spare tyre in the boot in case you end up with a flat.

Impact With the Curb

Often, tyre damage occurs from striking the curb. Colliding with the curb can cause sidewall damage, which can subsequently lead to cracks and even blowouts. To prevent this, you will want to take great care while parking and use a rearview camera and/or parking sensor to avoid hitting the curb while parking.

Under Or Over Inflation

Tyres need to be inflated to the correct pressure for optimal performance. Any tyre that is under or overinflated will wear down as well as impact the efficiency of the car (and also the handling). Therefore, you should get into the habit of checking the tyre pressure on a regular basis and topping up when required. You should always check the pressure before setting off on a long drive and keep a portable tyre inflator in the car.

Natural Wear

As mentioned in the intro, tyres will gradually wear over time. Much like a pair of shoes, usage will take its toll, but you can limit this by driving carefully and avoiding harsh acceleration and braking. You should regularly check the tyre tread depth - the legal limit is 1.6mm but it is recommended that you change tyres before you reach this figure.

Hopefully, this post will be informative and help you to understand the importance of taking steps to protect and maintain your tyres. There are many things that can damage your tyres, so you need to be prepared and know what you can do to protect them.


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