Unfortunately, rubber perishes at an alarming rate and Mobile Tyre Company sees the effects of this problem daily. Some brands do seem to be more susceptible to this problem too. In some instances we see severe perishing on some tyres that are only 2 years old.

Summer is just around the corner again which accentuates potential problems due to the rubber degrading. As temperatures rise tyre temperatures soar too which can open up tiny fissures and cracks caused by perishing. This problem also increases substantially when the vehicle is on longer trips, at higher sustained vehicle speeds and when extra weight is carried. Such adverse factors and conditions as these will find a weak spot and can unfortunately cause blowouts in extreme circumstances.

There are a few things you can do to help reduce any potential problem due to rubber degradation:

1. Regularly check your tyres for cracks as well as when checking tread depth, not only from the sides of the vehicle but from the front and back so looking at the inside of the tread. Pay particular attention to the bottom of the tread and sidewall when looking for any deterioration.

2. Regularly check your tyre pressures, inflate to manufacturer settings AND increase pressures when fully laden to reduce tyre temperature and maintain stability.

3. As much as practically possible try and keep direct sunlight away from tyres.

4. If the vehicle is not in use for long periods take the weight off the tyres which will help prevent flat spots causing misshapen tyres which also can cause excessive tyre temperatures

5. Finally, take preventative measures and replace older tyres before excessive perishing occurs to keep safe. For instance caravans should have new replacement tyres fitted every 5 to 7 years.

Have a great Summer and safe driving.