Use Your Tyre Wear To Improve Your Driving

We don't generally think of the tread on tyres as a means to improve our driving, but it turns out there are some wear indicators that can help you improve your technique.Photo by The Tire Zoo.

The main one to watch out for is the edges on the front tyres being worn down. This is usually a sign you're consistently taking turns too fast and should start slowing down. The tread on your tyres can also tell you a whole series of safety warnings, including bad alignment, underinflation and wheel imbalance. Have a look at the chart over on Dummies to see what your tyres are telling you.

Checking Your Tires for Wear [Dummies via The Consumerist]


Comments

    Worn outer edges just means you need more camber so you can go even faster around corners. ;)

    Wear on edges could also mean you have improper alignment and it needs to be adjusted.

    Mr Biggle's tips for analysing your driving:

    1. Skid marks on the driveway mean you're taking it in/out too fast.
    2. Scratches to sides of doors mean you're driving too close to stationary objects
    3. Crumpled front bumper means you're not stopping soon enough
    4. Speeding ticket in mailbox means you're driving too fast
    5. Copper asking you to step out of the vehicle after being breathalysed means you've been drinking too much
    6. Dead passenger and a lot of blood means a combination of all the above

    Drew and Damian are correct, but the single easiest way to improve tyre life, especially on front wheel drive cars, is to inflate the tyres to a higher pressure, usually 35 psi. The manufacturer's recommended pressure is designed purely with comfort in mind. Inflating to 35psi for a small car or 40 psi for a large car will give you a perfectly acceptable ride but much better life from the tyres.

    A pump-action spray. Not much is needed, and you can mlspiy spray it straight onto a cloth, rather than your tyres, to save mess. The shine was quite deep and slick but it left the tyres a little too greasy and sticky for our liking. Didn't last overly well and was sightly messy to apply, plus, unless you spend a decent amount of time removing the excess it can easily flick onto paintwork. This product works better as a Trim Shine. See the Trim Shine Review.

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