Tyres are your car’s only connection with the road. Due to this, they are often the first item on your car which can tell you when a problem has reared its ugly, expensive head.

Tyre Wear

Below is a list of signs that you can read from your tyres and what they mean.

Part-worn tyre

Centre of the Tyre

If you spot that the centre of your tyres are wearing down at a far quicker rate that the rest of the tyre, this is sign that your tyre is overinflated.

When a tyre has too much air pressure, the centre of the tyre sticks out more and becomes the only section in true contact with the road. This can be dangerous as your car is not benefiting from the full grip of the tyre’s tread, only a small proportion.

Edge of the Tyres

The opposite of central wear, if the edges of your tyres are wearing at a much quicker rate then this is a sign that your tyres are underinflated.

Not only does under-inflation mean that your tyres are at a high risk of bursting – due to an increase in the tyre path coming into contact with the road – but an underinflated tyre do not absorb the bumps of a road correctly, leading to issues with your wheel alignment or suspension.

Single Sided Wear

If one side of a tyre begins to wear down faster than the rest, this is a clear sign that the camber settings of your car are wrong. If the camber is knocked out, this can disturb the wheel alignment. The wrong camber setting can also cause a pull from the rear of the car.

Bulges and Cracks

If the sidewalls of your tyres are affected by bulges or cracks, this is a clear indication that your tyres are colliding with potholes, curbs or possibly road debris.

Cracks are a sign of external damage and bulges in the tyre are indicators that an impact has damaged the inner-workings. If you spot these then have your tyres changed as soon as possible. The tyre is now weak and may fail.