Tread Depth – The tread on your tires should never fall below 1/16 of an inch (1.6 millimeters) in depth. If you regularly drive on slick, wet surfaces, you’d be even better off with twice that much.
Tread wear indicator bar – Newer tires have a convenience that older tires lacked. They have tread wear indicator bars built into the tires themselves. These bars, invisible or barely visible when the tires are new, gradually begin to appear as the tread wears down.
Cracks in the sidewall – Look for tracks or cuts in the sidewall — grooves that are distinct enough to be visible to the naked eye. This could be a sign that your tire is developing a leak (or worse, that it’s nearly ready to blow out).
Bulges and Blisters on the tyre – This weak spot can cause a sudden blow out, and if you don’t change your faulty tyre before this happens, it may end up putting you in the hospital when the tire blows out on the motorway.
Too Much Vibration – A certain amount of vibration is inevitable when driving, especially on poorly paved roads, but if you’ve been driving for a while, you probably know how much vibration feels right and how much means that something’s going wrong. There can be any of a number of causes for the vibration — maybe your tires are misaligned or unbalanced, or your shock absorbers are starting to go. But it could also indicate that there’s some sort of internal problem in the tire itself.
If you are worried about your own tyres, Ballymena Tyres will happy run a profession eye over your car and give you advice on when you would next need to change the tyres. Call in at Ballymena Tyres, 2 Warden Street, Ballymena or call on 028 2565 2518.