A quick visual inspection of your vehicle's tyres can sometimes tell you if they need replacing; overly smooth spots, wires sticking out from the rubber, or bubbles along the edges of the tyres all mean that it's time to get a new set. However, there are times when your car is not handling as it should, or you notice some issues that seem to be caused by the tyres, but which can actually mean that your car needs other tyre-related servicing or repairs. Note a few problems you might be having with your car's steering, braking, and overall handling, and what these issues usually mean, so you know what to discuss with your mechanic and what you're facing by way of car services and repairs.


If your car slides when you're driving straight, this often indicates that the tyres are not aligned or balanced properly, and tyres on one side of the vehicle are pulling in one direction or another. If the vehicle slides when you turn, this usually means tyres have worn tread; when that worn area moves into the turn, it won't grip the road properly, and the vehicle will slide.

If the vehicle slides when you brake, this can also mean that the brakes are squeezing one tyre too tightly. If the tyres are in good condition, have your mechanic check the brakes for needed fixes.


When you hear a thumping sound while driving, this can mean a tyre has a bulge or other such damage that creates this sound when it hits the road. The tyres can also be unbalanced, so that they thump and bump when you drive, rather than rotating evenly.

This sound can also mean that a tie rod is bent, or a spring is damaged, and the tyres aren't properly cushioned when they rotate. These parts should also be checked, if the tyres are in good condition and aligned properly.

Poor fuel economy

You may not associate poor fuel economy with the tyres on a vehicle, but if the tread is worn, if they're not inflated properly, or are not balanced and aligned, this can cause the vehicle to drag and work harder to accelerate or to steer. Check to ensure the engine is properly tuned and the exhaust system is in good repair, and then have the tyres checked for excessive wear and proper alignment; replacing them can then result in saving money on fuel and avoiding added wear and tear on the vehicle's engine.