Reasons Why Your Tyres Are Not Giving You The Expected Grip


There can be a few reasons why you are not getting the grip that you expect from your tyres. Some are obvious and some are less obvious. Some of the obvious are that you have bad tyres. Either the quality of the tyres was bad or the tyres are already worn out. If the tread depth is below 4mm, the grip diminishes and you need to purchase new tyres.

It can be due to the fact that the tyre pressure is wrong and you have either over inflated tyres or underinflated tyres. This can cause the vehicle to act in a way that you are not used to. Underinflated tyres will also consumer more fuel and wear out faster. Overinflated tyres tend to have higher tyre wear on the middle of the tyre and diminished contact area and lower grip. Inflating the tyres to the tyre pressure that is indicated in the owner’s manual is an easy task.

Your car’s shock absorbers might also play a role here. Bad shock absorbers are not able to push the tyre firmly against the road, creating enough traction. Cars with bad shock absorbers tend to have longer braking distance. So this should be checked as well, to see if this could be the cause. Shock absorbers will wear out over time, so they can easily cause this problem. You have 4 shock absorbers on a car, each located above the tyres. It is neither expensive nor time consuming to get them changed at a service station.

Then it might just be that you have the wrong tyres for the circumstances. Budget tyres may be good on dry road but bad on wet road. The tyre’s tread has a big impact on the traction that a tyre has. Check that you have the correct high quality tyres for the conditions that prevail. If you drive during wintertime in winter conditions, then you need proper winter tyres, that have been approved for winter driving. A tyre that has been approved for winter driving will have the 3PMSF-symbol on the sidewall of the tyre.

I think if you go through this list that you will find the reason for your limited grip of your tyres. If not then go to a tyre service station and ask them to help you.

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