Re-treaded tyres: Important facts for you to know!

Re-treaded tyres are common in heavy-duty vehicles such as buses and lorries. They’re being used more and more recently in passenger cars due to many ecological and economic reasons. Despite the misconception, it’s worth noting that properly recycled or re-treaded tyres are as safe as the new ones and comparatively inexpensive.

Re-treaded tyres in Dubai have their older treads smoothed out after experiencing damage or rendered unusable. A new pattern is reapplied in its place which is the reason they’re termed as re-treaded. Although most of the re-treads are safe, knowing the difference between new tyres and re-treads is important.

Brief history of re-treads
For many years, re-treads served as a finest alternative to premium quality and expensive tyres but slowly gone out of fashion after concerns were raised on their safety. Availability of affordable new tyresfor budget-conscious motorists further led to their decline. However, in recent years as people became far more environmental conscious and excess oil consumption in production of new wheels, re-treaded tyres in Dubai and around the world resurfaced.

Re-treads: What are these & what makes them green?
These are simply used tyres, recycled for longevity after removal of the old and worn tread. A new tread is then attached following a specialised process known as hot and cold curing. Re-treads are widely used in heavy-duty automobile and trucking industry due to high cost of tyre replacement. For the same reason, commercial jets also use re-treads.

Before the law and awareness of recycled tyres, old tyres were burned which created a lot of carbon footprint on ground and into the atmosphere. Re-treading is among the most environmental-friendly way of recycling rubber tyres because a single tyre can be re-treaded 10-times which dramatically boost longevity. Oil consumption during production is reduced in terms of millions of gallons with a significant drop of carbon emission and landfill.

Safety essentials
For passenger vehicles, re-treaded tyres in Dubai must pass a minimum speed rating of 140 kilometre-per-hour whereas original casing used must’ve a minimum rating of 180 kilometre-per-hour. Still, there’re many car insurance companies and motoring bodies that don’t consider these re-treads safe therefore don’t recommend installation in passenger vehicles. Here’re a few reasons;
  • Genuine tyre history is unknown as well as how often it has been re-treaded or conditions driven through
  • Overall structural strength is lower than new tyres
  • Instability and vibration when driving at higher speed
  • Low traction on both dry and wet terrain, durability and braking performance

Pro facts
Many manufacturers and traders of re-treadedtyres in Dubai guarantee over their safety features. These are;
  • Manufactured and tested as per international safety standards
  • One-time re-treaded for passenger vehicles
  • Optimum performance and exceptional driving when used per predefined load and speed conditions
  • Regular inspection and care will further increase longevity and road safety

While premium quality and brand new tyres have their own benefits, re-treads are also safe to drive with as long as you follow special instructions and take good care of the wheels.

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