Check your treads to avoid driving with old and worn tyres

summer tires

For added safety, it is important that you check the tread depth of your tyres to ensure that you are not driving around with old and worn out tyres. You lose many of the tyre properties when the tread depth decreases and once you reach the threshold value of 4 mm, is time to change your tires to a new set of tyres.

Driving with worn out summer tires, your aquaplaning risk increases. If you combine that with higher speed, you are very likely to experience aquaplaning, as your contact area decreases. When you reach the threshold value of 4 mm and you drive at a speed of 125km/h you only have 11% of the tyres contact area compared to what you have at standstill. This is compared to close to 60% at speeds of 75km/h. So it is important to make sure that you reduce your speed if you have tyres that are close to the threshold value when it is raining.

It is not only the risk of aquaplaning, but also your braking distance gets longer and your handling and control is reduced when it is wet. The same is true for dry conditions that your braking distance and control is reduced, which can be noticed when taking sharp corners and curves. This makes it dangerous to drive too long with worn out tyres, so be sure to measure the tread depth on a continuous basis and keep track of how it changes, so you can predict when you will get close.

You also need to make sure that you have the correct tyre pressure, so that you have the optimal contact area of the tyre. The tyre pressure should be checked at least on a monthly basis when you visit the petrol station. It is also important that the shock absorbers are in good condition as they help to press the tyre towards the road, increasing the grip and thus reducing the braking distance. So make sure that you have the correct tyre pressure and that your shock absorbers are in good condition and buy tyres that are good at preventing aquaplaning, then you should be ready for any conditions that you might face during the summer.

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