How to check if you’re wearing the wrong type of tyre
As the temperature drops below freezing, the tread on the tread of your new car can be hard to read.
And there’s no way to tell if your tyres are good or bad.
So we asked a tyre expert for advice.
Dr John Lillie from Bridgestone, the tyre manufacturer, said he wouldn’t use his words as a blanket rule, because there are a lot of factors involved in tyre wear.
“It depends on how you wear it, what kind of traction is on it, how fast it’s going, what sort of tyre you’re driving,” he said.
“Some people have the best grip on it.
Others have the worst.
And that’s down to the materials that you use and the tyres you’re using.”
You can put a car on a track with tyres that are going to wear, but not to a level where it’s so worn that it’s completely useless.
“So what you should do is try to find out how good the tyres are, how good you are, whether or not you’re getting good traction.”
Dr Lillis advise the best tyres for your car to go on sale are ones with treads that are harder than 70 per cent.
“The way we’re looking at it, the better tyres are the ones that have better tread properties,” he explained.
“And you should look for the treads with higher resistance.”
The good news is that the tyres have a lot to do with the tyre itself.
Dr Lallie said there are several factors that determine how well a tyre will grip a track.
“Firstly, you can tell whether or so much of the tread is worn that the tyre is not going to be effective,” he added.
“If you have lots of worn tread on a tread that is quite high, you may be looking for the best tyre.”
The other factor is the type of tread.
“I think the best tire for your particular vehicle should be the type that has a lower tread that you have to get rid of to get the best traction,” he continued.
“For example, a tyre that has very high resistance is going to give you a bit of traction, but it’s not going for the traction of the best tires.”
But it’s worth noting that Dr Lallies advice is based on his own experience and experience with other tyre manufacturers.
“My experience with Bridgestones is that they don’t use any type of material other than rubber for their tread,” he told us.
“In my opinion, they’re better tyres for certain vehicles than others.”
However, he said he would still recommend you wear rubber if you want to stay in the top of the pile.
“There are some cars where you would want to look at rubber for traction,” Dr Lillies said.