What are your tyres telling you about your car

Posted by: Cal on 4/02/2013

Category: Maintenance

Keeping an eye on the condition of your car tyres can allow them to act as the proverbial canary in the coal mine when it comes to your vehicle's maintenance!

That's because they are your car's connection with the road and can often be the first place where problems appear.

For instance, if you notice that your tyre tread is worn down only in the middle, it is likely that the tyre is overinflated.

On the other hand, if the inside and outside edges of the tread are more worn down than the rest of the tyre, this is a sign of underinflation.

Take a look at your individual tread patterns. If they are worn more along one side than another - resulting in a wedge shape - it may be that your tyres aren't being rotated regularly enough, or could indicate problems with alignment or suspension.

Damaged suspension can also cause wheels to bounce as the vehicle travels along, resulting in alternating hills and valleys in the tyre tread.

It pays to check for these tell-tale signs regularly - the good news is that it is not hard at all to do.

Just take time out once a week and remember that good tyre maintenance benefits the whole vehicle!