A Comprehensive Guide to Understanding Uneven Tire Wear

Knowing the wear of your tires is critical to your safety on the road

All tires have wear indicators that become visible when the tread has been reduced to 1.6 mm or 2/3 po thickness. The tire must then be replaced. 

A little trick to check your tires for wear is to take a 25 cents coin and insert it into one of the tread grooves of the tire by placing the nose of the caribou inside the tire. Then if you see the entire nose of the caribou, you must replace the tire because it is excessively worn out.

You should perform a visual check of each of your tires at least once a month.

Premature wear in extremities

  • Tire insufficiently inflated.

Wear in tread middle

  • Over-inflated tire or subjected to excessive speeds.

Wear landmarks exposed

  • Replace tire.

Exposed wear indicators

  • Faulty alignment.

Uneven wear

  • Faulty alignment or steering components (shock absorbers, steering) that need adjusting.

 

In summary, evaluate the wear of your tires can improve your safety on the road. If you are not sure or you notice any stated problems, consult your Point S dealer as soon as possible.

Diagram explaining the different types of tire wear

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Traction - dry road

Dry-road traction is a tire's ability to brake effectively and respond well to the steering wheel on dry roads.

Traction - wet road

Wet traction is a tire's resistance to hydroplaning and its ability to provide safe driving in wet conditions.

Traction - snowy road

Snow-covered road traction is a tire's ability to operate on partially or completely snow-covered pavement.

Traction - icy road

Ice traction is a tire's ability to operate on partially or completely ice-covered pavement.

Durability

Durability refers to how many kilometres a tire can go before it stops performing.

Comfort/noise

Comfort refers to the ride quality of a tire and the noise it emits on the road.