Tyre Sidewall Damage: Everything You Need To Know

Tyres on cars are stronger and more durable than they’ve ever been. However, poor driving can and will damage them. Here’s what you need to know about sidewall damage and how to avoid it…

What Is Sidewall Damage?

As the name implies, your tyre’s ‘sidewall’ is its outward-facing surface. It’s the part of the tyre that isn’t coming into contact with road surfaces under normal circumstances. As a result, it’s less likely to become damaged or worn than a tyre’s tread. If it does become damaged, you’ll notice bulges, tears and cuts. Because it’s outward-facing, even quick routine checks can alert you to these faults. If you spot them, it’s important that they’re addressed straightaway as they can all cause catastrophic damage; including blowouts.

How Can It Be Avoided?

Sidewall damage is nearly always caused by a motorist’s driving style. If you’re regularly striking the kerb when parking, you’ll wear away at the sidewall’s integrity. If you’re not vigilant whilst out on the road, and strike potholes at speed, you may also damage your tyres’ sidewalls. Ultimately, then, it’s generally an avoidable form of damage to your car. When you’re parking, make sure that you manoeuvre slowly and avoid coming into contact with the kerb; using your wing mirrors to guide you if you’re struggling. As for potholes, these aren’t always avoidable. However, you can reduce the damage they cause by keeping your eyes open and negotiating them at a reduce speed; thereby reducing any impact on your tyres.

It’s also worthwhile pursuing your local council if your car becomes damaged after hitting a pothole; after all, it’s their responsibility to maintain local roads. More motorists are winning compensation in this way than ever before.

Why Isn’t It Included Under Maintenance?

Some drivers might be surprised to learn that sidewall damage isn’t included in the vast majority of car maintenance packages. The reason for its exclusion, however, is simple. It’s a problem chiefly caused by driver negligence or poor driving behaviour. Damage to tread depth is, one way or another, inevitable and therefore falls under (in most cases) fair wear and tear. Sidewall damage, however, is nearly always avoidable and simply by parking carefully and driving at responsible speeds. No one would expect a driver to receive compensation for driving whilst intoxicated or for violating speed limits. The same goes for damage that is largely self-inflicted. To avoid unnecessary costs, drive safely and sensibly; check on your tyres once a week and keep on top of any damage as it emerges.

What Are Run Flat Tyres And Are They Worth It? – https://autoserve.co.uk/motoring-tips-advice/what-are-run-flat-tyres/

Autoserves’ Ultimate Guide To Looking After Your Tyres – https://www.autoserveclub.co.uk/blog/autoserves-ultimate-guide-to-looking-after-your-tyres/

The Autoserve Club can save you time, money and stress. Club Members can receive huge fuel discounts, discounts on servicing and new tyres and access to our professional 24/7 helpline. To learn more, contact our friendly Service Advisers on 0121 521 3500 today.

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