Damage to your car tyres can be extremely dangerous. A damaged tyre can lead to a flat tyre or worse; a blow out! Whilst a flat tyre will leave you with the inconvenience of having to change the wheel at the roadside or waiting for recovery, for anyone who drives a commercial vehicle a van tyre going flat or suffering a blowout will cause lost revenue. A blow out could cause a major accident as sudden deflation of the tyre can cause the vehicle to spin out of control. You can imagine the consequences of this whilst driving down a motorway or dual carriageway at high speeds.
Checking your tyres on a regular basis is therefore a strong recommendation. Damage to tyres can be caused by many different things. Pot holes can cause huge amounts of damage to a tyre and also cause blow outs. Another common cause of tyre damage is from tyres hitting kerbs. This can cause deep cuts to the side wall of the tyre which is the main structure of your tyres.
Make sure when checking your tyres that you look at the side walls of the tyre carefully to see if there are any splits or cracks, if so you should take the vehicle into a specialist straight away. Checking tyre pressure is also a critical part of your tyre checks. This is especially important on 4×4 tyres as if the tyres are under inflated they will heat up and this could also cause a blow out. It is also worth pointing out that tyre fitting from scrap yards should really be avoided. You really do not know where these tyres have come from and what history they have.
Some signs of tyre damage will come from driving the vehicle. If the steering wheel vibrates this could mean that the car tyres have a flat spot or the tyre has become mis-shaped. A flat spot on a tyre is caused when a vehicle brakes hard and skids, this part of the tyre can then become slightly balder than the rest.