Modern Day Tire Safety: What is Tyre Discoloration?
April 21, 2014
The invention of the wheel has revolutionized the way people live their lives. Its birth has evolved our lives to a higher level. Travel has been made much more easier. Now, with the advantages comes disadvantages, and true enough, with cars, there will always be the dangers of accidents. But the good news is that there will always be ways on how car accidents can be prevented – one of which is by maintaining your car’s tyres.
If you had your fair share of time driving on a highway, you are sure to drive by the scattered pieces of a blown-oure tread. A tyre blowout occurs when a flat tyre is so severely damaged and neglected that it immediately loses all air pressure, causing the driver to lose control and collide with obstacles or other vehicles. Such accidents can result to damage’s in the car’s paint job, metal stamping, engine, and so much more.
When do tyre blowouts happen?
In a nutshell, tyre blowouts can happen anytime, and you have to be aware of the fact that anything that can severely diminish the air pressure and prevent the tyre from supporting the weight of the automobile will likely result to an accident-causing blowout.
On a much lighter note, car accidents caused by blowouts have certainly decreased over the years because of improvements in tyre technology. One of these advancements is the Discolor Tyre, a conceptual tyre design that looks and feels like your normal black rubber tyre but features a layer of bright-orange colored rubber that is molded and embedded within the tyre treads.
When the tyre has been worn down to the legal minimum level, which occurs usually after about 20,000 km (12,400 miles), that orange rubber is exposed, which can be easily noticed from curbside by the driver. The exposure of the orange rubber marks the perfect time to replace your tyre. Very simple, yet very effective.
Now, some may not know this, but the natural color of the rubber used for tyres is white, not black. Adding carbon black to the rubber drastically increases various desirable qualities of the rubber for tyres. Adding about 50% by weight of carbon black increases the road-wear abrasion of the produced tyre by as much as 100 fold, improvng the tensile strength of the tyre by as much as 1008%.
The carbon black additive also conducts heat away from certain hot spots on the tyre, such as the tread and belt areas. This reduces thermal damage and extends your tyre’s lifespan. In fact, around 70% of all carbon black pigments used in the world today is used for car tyres. Carbon black has also been used in other essential car parts like belts and hoses.
The is no doubt that the road can be a deadly place to be, which is exactly why we have to utilize every piece of car safety technology that we can afford. Invest in the safety of your family and fellow drivers by applying tyre discoloration technology to your beloved vehicle.