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Different types of tread wear

Updated: Oct 2, 2022

Did you know that there are different types of tread wear?

Sometimes, tread wear indicates that the wear needs correcting, other times it may mean that you need to replace your tyres.

Your vehicle or fleet relies on tyres for safety and performance. Plus, a healthy tyre lasts longer, saving your business money and the hassle of having to replace tyres prematurely.

Why should I look out for tread wear?

Tread wear, particularly irregular tread wear, makes handling a vehicle harder. It can also impact your braking distance, lengthening it so it's not as responsive as the driver may expect. Both of these reasons directly impact the safety of your vehicle, making dangerous conditions for both the driver and passengers, plus others on the road.

Another reason to look out for irregular wear is it may lead to your tyres needing premature replacement, costing you money. The more you look after your tyres, the longer they last, saving you money in the long run.

If caught early, uneven wear may be corrected. Contact us for help.

For more information on tread depth, read out article Why it’s important that your tyres have appropriate tread depth

What causes tread wear?

It's important to understand what causes tread wear, especially irregular tread wear.

The following may impact tread wear:

  • Age: naturally, the older your tyres are, the more worn they will be. Still, they should wear evenly.

  • Wheel alignment: if your wheels are misaligned, then your tyres will wear unevenly.

  • How you drive: regularly bumping off of roundabouts and curbs will wear your tyre on one shoulder.

  • Wrong tyres: make sure the tyres fitted to your vehicle are appropriate.

  • Problems with the axle

  • And many more!

The different types of tread wear

A tyre should wear evenly. If not, we recommend seeking professional advice. You can contact us.

The different types of tread wear include:

  • Flat spots: generally caused by how the vehicle has been driven. If you experience wear in flat spots, we recommend paying attention to how you brake and drive.

  • Centre wear: often caused by overinflation, though it can be due to other reasons. It's best to seek advice from a tyre expert, like our team here at DD Tyres.

  • On the shoulders: wear on both shoulders is generally caused by underinflation. Make sure your tyres have the proper air pressure.

  • Only on one shoulder or diagonal: if your tyres are worn on one should or diagonally, there are many possible reasons, so we recommend seeking help to prevent further damage to your tyres, and to uncover why.

If you have any tyre queries, about tread wear or more, please contact us today!

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