What is uneven tyre wear?

September 26th, 2019

Just like every other part in your vehicle, your tyres will wear and tear and will need replacing at some point in their lifetime….

However, if you feel like your tyres are wearing more than they should it could be because of they are wearing unevenly. Read on to find out what might be the cause and how to avoid it!


The importance of tyre wear –

We all know that maintaining your vehicle’s tyres is a crucial part for keeping your car safe on the road. If your tyres do not grip on to the road surface properly, you will have less control over the car which makes it dangerous for you and other drivers on the road. Having a good amount of tread depth on your tyres is also very important due to the fact that in harsh weather conditions you will be able to reply on your tyres a bit more and be a lot more safe driving on the roads. Therefore, if your tyres are wearing unevenly it is important to find the cause and find a solution to help your problem.

It is always vital to make sure that your tyres are kept within the legal limits. The legal minimum tyre tread depth is 1.6mm, which means that there has to be at least 1.6mm of tread depth continuously around your tyre. If this is not the case, and there is less than 1.6mm on your tyre, your tyres are illegal and unsafe, especially as it is getting closer to winter.


What causes abnormal tyre wear? –

It is never someone’s first choice to change their tyres sooner than expected.  Therefore, stay aware of these causes that could be the reason your tyres are suffering from uneven wear.

  • Inflation pressure – If your tyres are inflated differently, this can cause unnecessary wear on your tyres whether they are over inflated on under. This is because each one of your tyres will have to compensate for the others. Meaning that each tyre will wear unevenly due to the weight of the car. If they are over-inflated, this can lead to the middle-section of your tyre to wear quicker due to the fact that the road surface is only in contact with that section. If your tyres are under-inflated it can cause the outside of your tyres to wear quicker due to the fact that the outer edges of your tyres dip to meet the roads surface.
  • Wheel alignment – If your wheels are not lined up correctly to the manufacturer’s recommendation, it means that your tyres are wearing more than expected as they have to compensate. Wheel alignment is a common cause of uneven tyre wear. The signs to look out for if you think your vehicle is in need of wheel alignment are: dragging or pulling to one side; vibrations in the steering wheel; or having noticeable tyre wear that you can see. You can avoid wheel alignment problems by ensuring you don’t drive over kerbs or potholes, as this can knock your alignment out of place.
  • Age of tyres – Uneven tyre wear can come down to the simple answer of the age of the tyres, as tyre wear isn’t something you can avoid forever. Therefore, having a calm and cautious driving style can prolong your tyre’s life however there will become a point where you will have to get your tyres replaced.


If you are worried about your tyres or have any questions, please do not hesitate and get in contact with our service department.


Email – Service@proveeda.co.uk

Phone – 01473 210000

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