As an Australian you probably text the question RUOK to check up on how your friends are doing almost every day. But how often do you ask your car tyres whether they’re okay, or even take a look to see for yourself? According to tyre recycling expert Chris Lett, what happens when it has been raining in Queensland for a while indicates that Australians don’t do so often enough.

The owner of Branigans Tyres high quality used tyre retail outlet said that when the elements intervene and steady rains cause the roads to become wet and slippery, a flood of car owners queue up at his Burleigh Heads and Southport Superstores in search of tyres which will make it easier to navigate the road home in the rain.

Motorists Aren’t Checking Their Tyres Often Enough

Lett said this showed the failure of the average driver to keep a regular check on their car tyres and whether or not they were still safe enough for travel. Instead, possibly through unawareness, lack of knowledge, negligence, or in order to avoid the high price of new tyres, it appeared many motorists were prepared to take the chance that their ageing tyres would carry them and their cars for just a little bit longer.

“It’s a huge chance to take. If the road is wet and the tyres are smooth, there’s a strong chance of losing control. And if the road is dry, an old tyre with worn down tread could lead to a blow-out. Both could result in serious accidents, injuries, or even death, depending on where and how they happen,” Lett said.

Possible Consequences of Low Tyre Tread

However, Lett said these are not the only situations to be considered when it comes to driving on worn tyres. The major problem lies in any unexpected situations, where immediate driver response is vital but very difficult to implement because of poor tyres. This included unexpected actions by other motorists which called for swift braking or swerving; as well as poor road conditions, including driving on sand roads, encountering potholes, and driving into large unexpected puddles.

“Poor tread cuts back a good deal of the the car’s traction, so lessening its contact with the road and making it difficult for the driver to control it. Where there is water involved, whether its in the form of a flash flood, steady rain or in a large puddle that’s collected in a dip, the car’s ability to connect with the road is diminished by the poor tread, and the car will plain like a boat,” he said.

Constant checking was the only way to avoid the dangers inherent in badly worn tyres. And replacing them did not have to break the budget, according to Lett. Nearly new and good quality second hand tyres without much mileage and with plenty of tread like those sold at Branigans could well provide up to four years of safe driving, while costing far less than they did when new.

For further information, visit or call Chris and his team for Second Hand Tyres Gold Coast |Branigans Budget Tyres Service Centre at either Burleigh Heads (07) 5535 2660 or Southport (07) 5591 8633.

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