Side glances for your tyres
As a road safety organisation, GEM always emphasises the importance of regular DIY tyre condition and pressure checks. However, this blog highlights a problem that is getting worse, due possibly to the issues brought about by the pandemic.
While tyre tread depth life is related directly to vehicle speed and distance, tyre sidewall longevity depends on the length of time the car has been standing, plus the degree of sunlight and low inflation pressure exposures. Therefore, deteriorating tyre sidewall condition may dictate that the tyre is replaced, instead of tread depth.
So, pay particular attention to tyre sidewall condition, especially if you plan a long high-speed summer vacation trip. While light perishing is acceptable, be concerned if you spot longer and deeper cracks afflicting the rubber. If left unchecked, they can lead to potentially dangerous deflations.
More recently, we have noticed more cracking examples that have led to tyre sidewall collapse – one of which is pictured. As you can see, the cracks on this deflated tyre look extremely deep but their severity was not evident, when it was inflated. If unsure, ask your garage for advice.