Anyone who lives in the UK understands that a tyre’s tread is essential, especially when he or she is driving over wet roads or ice. The tread on a tyre is designed for gripping the road in inclement weather. Without a tread, a driver would find it almost impossible to speed up, turn, or, most importantly, stop.
Making Road Contact
The tyre also features a contact patch, or the part of the tyre that makes contact with the road. The area, which is about the size of a fist, is the spot on the tyre where the braking, steering, and acceleration is conveyed.
The minimum tread depth, legally, is 1.5 millimetres across. However, you should replace your tyres before they reach this point. Check your owner’s manual for the manufacturer’s recommendation. Besides checking the tread, it is important to keep your tyres inflated. Therefore, regularly check your Bexhill-on-Sea tyres as follows:
- Before you go on a long trip or before your car is towed, when the pressure should be set higher
- Once every fortnight
Some Important Tips
You will also get the most out of your tyres by remembering the following:
- Tyres wear at varying rates. For example, the tyres on a rear-wheel-drive vehicle wear more quickly than the tyres on the front. If the vehicle is a front wheel drive, the opposite is true.
- Rotating the tyres evens out the pattern of wear.
- Tyres should be rotated at intervals, or about every 5000 kilometres.
Knowing the above information will keep you better apprised about when to replace your tyres so that your car is safer to drive.