Welcome to Challenger Tyres & Exhausts, your tyre and vehicle specialist in Sheffield.
On this page, we would like to tell you a bit more about your tyre’s tread and material.
We would like to give you a few tips on how to treat your car’s tyres to get the best out of them and keep driving safely for a long time.
There are some major enemies of the tyres: material, human and environmental factors. Common enemies are tyre pressure, injuries due to road damage, tyre depth, weather conditions, poor maintenance, load, speed, etc. With so many enemies, it is virtually impossible to predict exactly how long a tyre will last. Tyres designed by the major, top-quality tyre manufacturers are meant to perform well for many thousand miles. But if not properly maintained, they will wear faster, get damaged and may become unsafe.
The “material factor.”
- Wear and damage (leaks, incisions, collisions, tearing of the rubber of the tread/sidewall, lumps and dents, etc.).
- Driving fast over pits, curbs, speed bumps, etc.
The “human factor.”
- Not regularly checking your tyres for wear or damage.
- Do not ensure correct tyre pressure:
- Not enough inflated
- Pumped up too hard
- Re-inflating a tyre that had leaked or that had a much too low tension
- Failure to regularly check the tread depth.
- Not replacing tyres before they reach the minimum legal tread depth.
- Using a spare tyre of a different size or at speeds above 50 mph.
- Not noticing a change in dynamic performance, such as loss of air, noise or vibration.
- Mixing different tyre types
- Do not have tyre damage checked by a specialist
- Do not have a tyre checked immediately after a severe collision.
- Driving style (sorry).
Caravans and trailers:
- Use different sizes and types of tyres.
- Do not inflate tyres on trailers and caravans properly.
- When hoisting: do not increase the rear tyre of the towing vehicle.
- Do not replace the valve of a tyre when replacing tyres without inner tube
- Carry out tyre repairs at home and do not have them carried out by a tyre specialist.
- Do permanent maintenance yourself instead of having it done by a tyre professional.
- Consider temporary repairs as a permanent solution.
- Use tyres on damaged, deformed or modified wheels.
- Use wheel and rim sizes that do not match.
- Remove and fit tyres yourself instead of having them fitted by a trained tyre specialist.
- Do not balance tyres after they have been assembled or replaced.
- Installing tyres that do not have a speed rating and load index that is at least equal to or higher than the values originally stated by the car manufacturer.
- Use of seals that are not approved.
- Use summer tyres in cold winter weather.
- Incorrect storage and rotation of tyres.
- Extreme temperatures.
- Rain, ice, snow.
- Oil and fat.
You see, there is a lot to consider. Some factors you simply can’t avoid, but when it comes to some points mentioned in the “human factor” section, there is indeed you can do to keep your new tyres well-maintained in order to stay safe and save money.
If there is anything we can do to help, please get in touch with us.
Your Challenger Tyres & Exhausts Team in Sheffield.