Tyres are vital organs of a car/vehicle and are also prone to wear. Despite that, we mostly don’t pay our righteous attention to it. Having fine tyre tread is a crucial factor in determining the true safety, fuel efficiency and performance of your car. Generally, we Indians feel that ‘suraksha’ is only limited to having airbags in a car, certainly, it’s vital, but it’s half truth as far as comprehensive safety is concerned, a healthy tyre tread also has its share in safety. Without the apt tyre tread, the ability of your car tyre to keep an adequate grip on the road decreases resulting in a slip or inability to stop the vehicle at the desired moment. So how can we know about the tyre tread wear? For this, there is a tread wear indicator on the tyres itself that helps you to check the life of your car’s tyre.
Understanding the Tread Wear Indicator
Every tyre is carefully designed and engineered with a purpose of giving maximum road safety and performance. Ever noticed those straight lines on the tyres? Those are the grooves in the tread patterns which are designed to expel water in order to prevent hydroplaning and providing stability to the car in winter and monsoon conditions. In these grooves, you will find small shapes known as tread wear indicator. These are placed to indicate the legal wear out of your tyres. If after a long usage, you find that the tyre tread depth is perpendicular to the direction of the indicator, it’s time to replace your car tyres.
Although tread wear check should be performed every 2-4 months, however, it becomes necessary, when you are about to begin a long journey or driving on some adverse road conditions.