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Tyre damages

Find out more about the most common tyre damages.

Be aware of – and avoid – tyre damage.

Tyre damage can happen to anyone at any time, no matter how careful you are or whether your car has new tyres or older ones. Checking your tyres often and making sure that they are within the legal limits can help you avoid fines, lower repair costs, keep your insurance valid and avoid certain types of damage.

Tyre wear will inevitably occur to your car’s tyres, in fact they can even become damaged without your knowledge. The most common damage incurred by tyres includes the following:

  • punctures
  • cuts
  • impacts
  • cracks
  • bulges
  • irregular wear to the tread

If you discover or suspect wear or damage, have your tyres inspected without delay by a tyre service professional. He or she will be able to provide advice on whether you need to repair or replace your car’s tyres.

How often should you check your tyres?

Continental recommends checking your tyres about once a week. You should look for any obvious signs of damage: punctures, worn patches, etc. You should also run your hand along the tyre to see if anything is stuck in the tread and check the air pressure to make sure it is at the optimal level. To check the tread, you can use a tyre tread depth gauge or a tyre with tyre tread wear indicators. Please be aware that driving a car fitted with tyres with a tread depth of less than 1.6 mm is illegal in the UK. 

Continental recommends:

Tyre damage can be devastating to the functioning of your car and can put your health and safety at risk. While some sources of damage are unavoidable, there are some ways that you can avoid wheel damage in any driving conditions:

  • If you have to drive your vehicle over an obstacle (e.g. a curbstone), approach it slowly. Angle your wheels as close to perpendicular to the object as possible.
  • Try to avoid potholes, driving over curbs, and scraping and parking against curbs.
  • Check your vehicle’s tyres regularly for exterior damage such as cuts, cracks or bulges.
  • Check your tyre pressure regularly.
  • Replace your tyres when needed.
  • Monitor the tread and sidewalls.
  • Pay attention to vehicle load, average speed and type of use when considering the status of your tyres.
  • Rotate tyres regularly, about every 6 months.
  • Avoid heavy braking and skidding.
  • Ensure proper mounting and lubrication.
  • Check for proper tyre alignment.

It may seem inconvenient to check your tyres every week but doing so can help you avoid many problems in the long run. It will alert you to issues that can help you to protect your safety, increase the longevity of your car and save you money.


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