When you think of the safety features of a car, you probably think of the side mirrors, the seatbelts, and the airbags. But what about the other aspects? However, while these three items are unquestionably on the list, there is another critical component of the vehicle that many vehicle owners overlook: the tyres.

Tyres are capable of much more than just rolling. In addition to being the single point of contact between you and the road, tyres are critical in ensuring that your vehicle is safe to operate. You’d want your Dandenong tyres to fit perfectly with your automobile, just as you’d want your shoes to fit perfectly with your feet so that they’re able to perform at their peak. Many times, car owners are completely unaware of the state of their tyres until it is too late. Some of the things that might put your safety at risk include having tyres that are not the suitable size, are underinflated, are worn out, or are faulty.

The Consequences of Using Tyres That Are Below Average

The quality of your ride, as well as your overall safety, is directly related to the condition of your tyres. Here are some of the ramifications of failing to maintain your tyres properly:

You’ve lost control of your vehicle. In the first instance, faulty tyres may cause you to lose control of your vehicle. Alternatively, the condition may deteriorate and result in a blowout, in which case you would lose all control of the car.

Braking Distance Has Been Increased. The braking distance is the distance travelled by your vehicle before it comes to a full stop (after the brakes are applied). While external factors such as the weather and road conditions might have an impact on this, your tyres can also have an impact on the distance travelled.

Tyres must have the greatest amount of contact with the road to offer the shortest possible braking distance. When this is compromised by insufficient tyre pressure or an uneven tread pattern, the traction between the tyre and the road is weakened, resulting in a longer stopping distance and greater fuel consumption.

Aquaplaning is a potential danger. When a film of water builds up between your tyre and the surface of the road, this is known as aquaplaning. It is also known as the action of losing grip on wet surfaces. Because the treads on your tyres are intended to allow water to flow through and away from their surface, you will always be in contact with the road when driving. When your tyres have shallow or worn-out treads, water may collect on the surface of the tyre instead of in the tread grooves. When this happens, a film of water forms on top of your tyres, causing you to lose traction and, on a larger scale, losing control of your vehicle. As a safety measure, it is highly suggested to maintain a minimum Remaining Tread Depth of 1.6mm to reduce the likelihood of such occurrences.

 

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