1. Low Tread
Bald tyres are flat out dangerous. This doesn’t mean having no tread at all, but even low levels of tread are considered bald, and for that matter, illegal. If you are unsure whether you have enough tread on your tyres, any good tyre shop should be able to take a look and tell you.
2. Old Age
Some people don’t drive their car very much, and when they do, they drive it at low speeds, and safely. These people might think that they can keep driving on their tyres forever, as long as they look in good condition and have lots of tread. But they are wrong. Tyres should be replaced when they reach 10 years from the date of manufacture. Plus, when you get to the 5 year mark, it is important to take your car to a professional tyre shop to get them inspected, as there may be dangerous wear and tear that is not visible to the untrained eye.
3. Shaking & Vibrating
Many cars start to shake when driven at high speeds, and this is a sign of bad tyres. An early warning sign is a vibrating steering wheel, and it progresses to the whole car as the tyres get worse. Many people blame the engine mounts or other internal parts for the shaking, but it turns out that many of them are actually due to faulty tyres.
4. Strange Noises
Weird car sounds are not always coming from the engine area, and are often stemming from issues in the tyres. Squeaking, whining, and creaking sounds can be the result of a tyre that is cracking, or losing pressure. If you hear anything, don’t ignore it. Get down to one of your local tyre shops to have the problem identified, because a blowout while driving could cause a serious accident.
5. Visible Cracks
Cracks appear in tyres as they deteriorate, and are usually fairly easy to see if you inspect them. The problem is that most people only check one side of the tyre, as the interior side is too difficult to access. Cars left outside overnight are more vulnerable to deterioration and cracking of the tyres, but everyone should get them checked periodically at a tyre shop regardless.
6. Bulges & Bubbles
Another easy one to spot, on the exterior side of the tyre, is a bulge, which is caused by any air bubble pushing out of the tyre. But the most common spot for tyre bubbles is where the rubber meets the road, and you really need a professional tyre shop to find these faults, unless you rotate the tyres yourself and inspect all positions. A tyre bulge is maybe the most dangerous of all listed here, as it means a blowout is imminent.
Quality Tyres & Wheels is your all-in-one Tyre Shop located in Slacks Creek. If you believe you have any of the above problems with your tyres, come in and see us for an inspection. We are the leading Slacks Creek Tyre Shop and in addition to identifying potential issues and keeping you safe on the road, we have the cheapest tyres, rims, and wheels, anywhere in Brisbane.