The problems of driving with smooth tyres

While tyres come for different terrains, seasons and even the cars themselves, understanding when they’re in good shape or not is the key to driving safely on any road.

When they wear down with time, they become smooth tyres. This however is different from summer tyres as those have a different tread depth specially designed to make driving in summer conditions more comfortable.

Smooth tyres are easily recognizable by the treads being flattened down to make the surface of the tyre seem almost treadles.

Driving with your tyres in this condition can lead to a host of problems.

The first one is that your car loses its ability to have any grip or control in rainy weather conditions or even if the roads are wet. Lack of treads automatically reduces the friction your tyres need to give you the grip to safely and comfortably manoeuvre wet roads. This phenomenon is most commonly called hydroplaning. It’s when your tyres completely lift off the road and are unable to let any of the water pass through. Significantly increasing the chances of you losing control.

The second is the increased chance of flat tyres. Without treads, small rocks, loose nails or any other sharp object can easily puncture your tyres, which wouldn’t be the case otherwise. It also makes it more difficult to repair a flat tyre as the mechanism needed depends heavily on an evening out of the treads.

Finally, the third and most common one is the lack of absorption. Increasing the vibrations that your tyres otherwise take the brunt for. This puts the pressure directly on your suspension and other parts of the car. Over time, this may cause them to wear out as well.

If you're driving on smooth tyres, it's important to have them changed immediately for your safety, and the safety of others on the road.

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