Tyre wear can happen as a result of various causes. Be it your driving habits, the terrains you commonly drive on, the condition of the car or even the weather your car experiences the most.
It's important to keep an eye out for the different ways tyres can wear out so you know when you get assistance.
When it comes to tyres, traction and treads are everything. The more wear these two aspects of your tyres experience, the more are the chances of instability in your driving.
Let's look at the different types of wear your tyres can experience.
Centre wear - Overinflation of tyres over a prolonged period can cause wear to appear on the inside edge, especially the centre of the tyre. This causes the centre of the tyre to wear a lot faster than the shoulders, causing instability and chances of damaging other parts of the car.
Wear on the outside edge - This is usually a result of the under-inflation of tyres over a prolonged period. The most common way to identify this kind of wear is to look out for the shoulders of your tyre missing more treads than the centre of the tyre.
Cupping - These look like scooped out cups across the surface of your tyre. Commonly caused by bad suspension or improper shock absorption. If you're experiencing vibrations or unusual bounces while driving, look out for this kind of wear on your tyre.
Feathering - Small rivets and dips are caused around the surface of the tyre mostly due to misaligned tyres. While these are not visible, running your hands over the surface of the tyres can reveal them quite easily.
Flat spots: Aggressive braking often causes large bald spots to appear on your tyres where the treading has worn off. Commonly known as flat spots. These reduce the traction of the tyres and hampers performance dramatically.
If you spot any of these types of wear, have them inspected as soon as possible.