Other tips and advice
Tyre Wear & Damage Due To Weather
Tyres are consistently placed under significant pressure and strain. Not only are they the only component of a vehicle that is in constant contact with the road, they also support the entire weight of the chassis and its load. Despite the highest applied level of precaution and safety, inflicting some form of damage to a tyre during its usable life is common. However, it is mostly superficial and of no detriment to the performance of the tyre. Understanding the various ways in which the elements can damage your tyres, however, is particularly important — and, it can help you reduce the potential for tyre damage wear.
During the winter months we all allow an additional few moments in the morning to help our vehicle’s engine reach an optimum temperature and deice the windows, but tyres deserve equally as much attention.
A drop-in temperature can also relate to a reduction in tyre pressure. Keep track of this by regularly checking your tyre pressures and adjusting as necessary to avoid underinflation. Underinflation can leave the tyre more susceptible to accidental damage but will also result in more rapid tyre wear and increased fuel consumption.
Many motorists choose to change to winter tyres during the latter months of the year, helping to tackle the cold winter weather, as summer tyres are designed for higher temperatures.
Winter or all-season tyres mould to the shape of the road, helping to enhance grip and traction. Winter or all-season tyres are generally more effective in cold temperatures improving grip and braking.
There is no possible way of avoiding every pothole or defect on the road. However, driving over them without appropriate caution can cause significant damage to a tyre.
When a tyre enters into a pothole it pinches itself. In the interior of the tyre this pinching causes a separation, which develops into a bulge. If a tyre is forced against a pothole or kerb hard enough it can be crushed. If the tyre is sufficiently distorted, the interior components of the tyre can be damaged and weakened.
Although damage to the sidewall may not have occurred, driving over a pothole at speed can offset the wheel alignment. Misaligned tyres wear much quicker.
If the shock has travelled through the tyre and into the wheel, it may have caused a crack to develop. Overtime this crack will graduate, allowing air to be released internally which will, inevitably, lead to a puncture or blowout, the shock could also cause damage to the wheel and suspension.
When driving over potholes, we suggest slowing down and avoiding the obstacle if you can. If you can’t avoid it, allow the tyre to ‘roll’ freely into the pothole, as this will lessen the impact.
Kerbs and Pavements
In certain cases, it is unavoidable to park without mounting a kerb however, doing so at speed, can significantly damage the sidewall and general structure of a tyre, if not the interior rim.
When climbing a kerb, position your wheels at as much of a right angle as feasibly possible — this will reduce the likelihood of the tyres being pinched.
Attempting to mount the kerb at a shallow, more parallel angle to the kerb, may scuff, cause abrasion, damage the wheel or pinch the tyre sidewall resulting in weakness. If the impact with the kerb was severe or any internal tyre damage is not taken care of, this could cause the tyre to eventually rupture.
Reversing slowly onto the kerb and entering full lock once the rear wheels have mounted will reduce potential damage and scrubbing.
Although Michelin tyres are manufactured to withstand whatever the elements throw at them, tyre damage, to an extent, is avoidable when driving with care. However, following these handy tips will help to reduce tyre wear and the likelihood of receiving a puncture or a blowout.