Retread Tyres used to be very popular as a cheaper alternative to a new set of tyres. But as we know, price sometimes compromises safety and quality. Companies started bringing out affordable tyres so that drivers would be safe on the road. As the world is starting to become more environmentally friendly, concerns are raised about the amount of oil needed to manufacture tyres and so, retread tyres are coming back into the game.
What are retread tyres?
A retread is a used tyre that has been re-manufactures to extend its life. The old worn tread is removed and new tread is attached through a specialised process involving hot and cold curing. Retread tyres are widely used in the trucking industry because of the high cost of replacing truck tyres.
What makes retread tyres environmentally friendly?
Old tyres used to be burnt, but now they are recycled. Retreading is the most environmentally-friendly way of recycling rubber tyres, because one tyre can be retreaded up to 10 times, dramatically extending its service life. Retread tyres save hundreds of millions of gallons of oil in production and reduce carbon emissions and landfill.
Why are retread tyres deemed unsafe?
Retread tyres for passenger vehicles must have a minimum speed rating of 140 km/h and the original casing used must have a minimum rating of 180 km/h. Many motoring bodies and car insurance companies do not consider retread tyres safe and do not recommend their use in passenger vehicles for the following reasons:
- The history of the original tyre is unknown (how often it has been retreaded and under what conditions it has been driven)
- Less overall structural strength than a new tyre and the potential for the retread to come loose from the tyre
- Potential instability at high speed
- Inferior wet grip, durability and braking performance.
Why you should avoid them?
While retread tyres may be suitable for the transport industry due to the cost savings, they should be avoided in passenger vehicles simply because of the doubts that still hang over them. The bottom line is, these are not new tyres and, like anything used, they have a greater potential to fail. Given that most tyre retailers now carry very affordable new tyre brands at the lower end of their ranges, there is simply no excuse for bringing your family’s safety into question for the sake of a few dollars.
There is also the question of whether you would be covered by your auto insurance if your vehicle was involved in an accident caused by retread tyres that were not properly maintained.
Environmental implications are obviously important too and, as oil reserves diminish, there may well come a time when the use of retread tyres will need to be considered for all vehicles. But hopefully by then, speeds will have reduced and car safety features increased to the point where the quality of our tyres will no longer be a major concern.
At Ozzy Tyres we do not sell retread tyres. Instead, we bring you brand new tyres at a similar price to what you would be paying for retread tyres.
If you are confused as to which tyre best suits your needs, our online tyre shop includes an online chat. Our online chat allows you to ask any question regarding tyres or wheels. One of our expert staff will get back to you within 24 hours. Alternatively, you can hop onto our Facebook page and all questions will be answered there too. But if you prefer a faster paced conversation, call us on 1300 699 699, and our staff will guide you step by step in making the best purchase for you.
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