Tires are made of a number of different components: sidewall, inner tube, liner, belts, piles. While each of these is important to the overall performance of the tire, drivers generally look at the tire’s tread in order to measure how fast their tires are wearing down. Understanding why tread wears at all is a matter of understanding how tires work.
The biggest enemy of tire tread aren’t sharp objects or road debris. It is heat. Tires are made of rubber and when you expose rubber to heat, the tread burns or wears off. The simple friction caused by a tire rubbing against pavement generates heat. This means that every time you drive your car, you are wearing down the tires. … Read the rest