Usure des pneus : causes et conséquences

Tire wear: causes and consequences

You are aware that tires wear out over time. Besides, you have probably often heard that you need to take care of your tires. This is to improve driving comfort, reduce fuel consumption and avoid accidents.

But do you really know the cause of tire wear and associated consequences ? Our article will help you see things more clearly.


Tires wear out naturally as they hit the road. Especially if you use your car often. However, Certain practices can accelerate the wear of a car tire .

First of all, a poor tire pressure . In fact, it is strongly recommended to regularly check the pressure of your tires to prevent them from being underinflated. Especially if you are about to make a long journey. Also be careful not to overinflate your tires. In both cases, you accelerate the degradation of these important elements.

Second cause of worn tire: poor wheel alignment . If you notice rapid deterioration of your tires, it may be worth asking your mechanic to check the alignment. They must be parallel to each other and perpendicular to the ground. Also take the opportunity to ask him to check the balancing of the tires so that they are all placed evenly on the ground. Without forgetting the suspension which can also be a cause of tire degradation if it too is worn.

Third cause of worn tire: nervous and aggressive driving . In addition to respecting the speed limit, driving in a calm and relaxed manner avoids rapid tire wear and, as a bonus, allows you to save a lot of fuel. This concerns both acceleration, braking and taking sharp turns.

Fourth cause: having tires that do not match the season . This is especially obvious in winter. Unless you are installing 4-season tires, choose winter tires for winter and summer tires for summer.

Last cause: one poor weight distribution in your vehicle . This concerns both excessively large loads and/or poorly distributed loads within the car. So, when you go on vacation, avoid taking too many things with you.

Note: As a general rule, front tires wear faster than rear tires.


The first (and most important) consequence of worn tires concerns the loss of tire grip . This has an impact on both driving comfort and braking distance. Additionally, driving on a wet or snowy road with worn tires increases the risk of slipping .

So, you understand: owning worn tires can cause people to leave the road and accidents linked to loss of control of the vehicle .

Another consequence of worn tires: risk of bursting and puncture . Which, here too, increases the risk of accident.

Without forgetting the possibility of being failed at technical inspection if your tires are too worn.

Finally, you should know that the Highway Code requires motorists to travel in a vehicle in good condition . This concerns all of the car's equipment, including the tires. This means, in other words, that they must not be smooth and have no tears.

If you are stopped by the police and they notice excessively worn tires, you expose yourself to a 4th class fine .


To check the condition of a tire, you must look at the side of the tire. tread which corresponds to the grooves located on the exterior surface of a tire .

There are several ways to observe tire wear:

  • The simplest being to look at the tire warning light (wear indicator). Located at the bottom of the grooves, if wear reaches this indicator, the tire must be changed;
  • You can also use an air gauge also called depth gauge for tread to check the condition of tires;
  • Last technique: that of the 1 euro coin . Insert a 1 euro coin into one of the grooves and see if the edge disappears. If so, your tire is in good condition. Otherwise, it will have to be changed.


In winter, tires tend to wear out faster. Indeed, we drive on roads that are sometimes dry, sometimes wet and sometimes snowy or icy.

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