Maintaining Quality Tyres, 4 Mistakes and How to Spot them

There are a few common causes of tyre wear, this article will discuss the reasons behind these common causes and the solutions to getting them fixed and preserving your quality tyres!

Over Inflation

If you have excessive wear on the centre of the tyres tread this is caused due to over inflating the tyres air pressure consistently. Think how the centre of the tyre will make more impact when it is over inflated and therefore causing the centre of the tyre to wear prematurely. Always check the tyre pressure according to the manufacturers guidelines on the tyre placard on your vehicle.

Tyre Under Inflation

Basically the exact opposite of what we just spoke about. Having an under inflated tyre will cause the inside and outside edge of the tyre to wear quicker than the centre of the tyre. Consistently having under inflated tyres will not only cost you more due to the need to replace the tyres quicker but are also extremely dangerous to drive on. Under inflated tyres cause lack of control, increased braking distances and poor handling. Again, always check the tyre pressures to the recommended pressure as per the manufacturers recommendation.

Wearing on one side only

If you have found that one side of your tyres is wearing faster than the rest of the tyre then your vehicle is need of a wheel alignment. When your wheel alignment is off it causes the wheel to lean too much on the one side and puts the majority of the weight/load on that part of the tyre causing it to wear down much quicker than the rest of the tyre. More than likely your vehicle will just need a simple wheel alignment but there could also be other factors that can affect the alignment and will need to be assessed by one of our team or a mechanic.


Bent or damaged suspension can cause ‘cups’ or ‘scalloped dips’ appearing on your tyre. The will appear on one side of the tyre and it will look like someone has ground the edge of the tyre off. A wheel alignment can sometimes cure this, if this occurring to your tyres it is best to go straight to our workshop for proper inspection and to make sure the problem doesn’t lie deeper in the suspension parts or any other component that connects the wheel to the car.

To have your tyres and wheel alignment assessed by an industry expert come down to Darra Tyres in Station Avenue Darra. Our team has over 100 years of combined experience in the industry and we are here to help you! Call us now on (07) 3333 5510 and one of our team will contact you within one business day.


Kevin Wood

About the Author

Kevin has been at the forefront of the tyre industry for over 20 years. Kevin's speciality is in industrial and commercial tyres including the management and upkeep of fleets. Kevin has worked with vehicles his whole career from painting, mechanical, suspension and panel beating he has also spent time in the Australia Army as a driver. He has driven all size of vehicles throughout his career so understands the demands placed on drivers.