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Iceni Magazine | January 23, 2021

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Replacing Old Car Tyres

Replacing Old Car Tyres

You may think that you don’t need to replace your tyres just yet.

After all, when it comes to tyres, Birmingham roads are not in the worst condition: there are no steep slopes, dirt patches or unacceptably large potholes. But this can be a huge mistake, and for a variety of reasons. Let us take a look.

Massive Inconvenience

As tyres age, they get weaker. And weaker tyres tend to leak or break fairly easily, so you suffer repeated punctures, both regular and slow. More dramatically, old tyres can fail at speed, giving you upsetting moments when driving along the motorway when a blowout occurs. Assuming you manage to bring your vehicle to a safe stop at the side of the road, you will then have to change your immediate plans as you wait for rescue – or you get dirty or wet changing the tyre yourself.

Slippery When Wet

Speaking about getting wet, poor tyre tread show themselves up in the worst light when the roads are wet. Not only do the shallow treads not wick the water away to allow your tyres to grip the road surface as they are designed to do, your vehicle is at a much higher risk of hydroplaning because of this. Uncontrolled skids and slips are not a desirable driving feature for anyone, and on the motorway during the twice daily commute is perhaps the worst time for this to happen!

Negates Safety Features

But it is not only your tread that cannot work effectively if your tyres are too old. Other modern safety features are also stymied by poor tyre quality. ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) and EBD (Electronic Brakeforce Distribution) are two automatic braking systems that respectively stop your brakes from locking when you need to stop in a hurry and ensure that your braking power is spread evenly through all the tyres. But neither of these systems can work properly when they are dealing with thin treaded, cracked, and aged tyres…

The Worst Consequence

If you secretly think you are immortal (and it does happen) there is one final reason for keeping your tyres in good shape. You could kill someone. While the odds on a specific accident happening at just the wrong time to take a life, you shorten the odds on that accident happening to you and soon when you play fast and loose with tyre regulations. For tyres in Birmingham, there are plenty of suppliers. You have no excuse at all – and the consequences, especially that last one, should be more than enough to have you thinking safety first! So, shop high performance car tyres at affordable prices only at Plume Tyres, Birmingham branch today and make sure you’re travelling along with new and safer tyres!


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