Do you feel something wrong when you drive your car? If you experience difficulty in driving in any case, or you think that your car is not as smooth as it always did, then you must know that it is time to look out for the problems in your tyres. Over some time, the tyres become worn-out. It is recommended to change the tyres after about 5 to 6 years, or a maximum of ten years. The more you ignore your tyres’ defects, the more you are paving way for the dangers that can heavily cost your life.
Why are treads important?
The treads of the tyre are grooved structures. These grooves help in expelling all the unwanted materials that may enter your tyres and hinder their performance. The treads provide traction or grip in various road conditions such as dry, wet and snowy. Because of the treads, the car runs smoothly on the road and if they become worn-out, they may do precisely the opposite they are supposed to do; these tread conditions might end your car up in blowouts and accidents instead of keeping them on the track safely. MOT Batley would help in checking such problems.
The treads on the wet roads are responsible for expelling all the water that makes way towards the tyres with their grooves and they force the water away from the tyre. The treads on snow and winter tyres are built with ‘sipes’, which are thin grooves that are cut into the treads’ edges. These sipes help in providing more surface area which helps in improving the grip on the roads.
One might always ignore the red flags that sometimes can be seen or felt. Let us know what happens if one keeps driving on the bald tyres.
- Consequences of driving on bald tyres
There are many dangerous consequences of driving with bald tyres.
Hydroplaning is a condition where the tyres lose all the grip they have on the roads due to the streets’ wet conditions. This usually happens because the tread grooves become too shallow to channel out all the water that enters inside during the rainy season. As a result of this, your tyres may skid a lot because they no longer respond to the steering wheel inputs. You try to steer the wheel to bring it under control, but nothing actually happens. Always remember, the shallower the grooves are, the risk of hydroplaning increases more. This could result in accidents and hefty insurance costs which anyone would want to avoid.
Poor handling on snowy surfaces
As mentioned above, the sipes which are cut at the edges are responsible for getting proper traction over the snowy surfaces. If the sipes are not in good condition, this may lead to spinning out of your tyres. If you do not have enough sipes, take them to a repair shop to add extra edges.
The heat build up
There is a lot of heat that is generated because your tyres are always in direct contact with the roads. This continuous contact creates friction which in turn builds up heat. The grooves’ function is to allow air to pass through so that too much heat does not lead to blowouts. Bald tyres do not have many grooves that will enable the air to pass, eventually cooling down.
No blowout resistance
Treads have a better chance at preventing the blowouts than the bald tyres if you accidentally run over a sharp object.
Less air pressure
Bald tyres result in the loss of air pressure. Under-inflated tyres are hazardous to drive as they cannot grip the road properly even in dry conditions.
MOT Batley is therefore necessary in such cases.