Dangers of Driving With Smooth Tyres

There are all different kinds of tyres out there on the road. The important thing to understand is the difference between them all. There are all-season tyres, winter, and summer tyres. However any of these can get worn down and become smooth wheels. This is not to be confused with summer tyres which tend to have a different thread that is better for driving during the summer time.

Smooth tires are those that are completely worn down so low that the rubber only shows a flat surface being thread-less. For a drag racer that may not be a bad thing because drag racers use smooth tyres with no thread on them for hot summer laps. However when you’re driving on the road with smooth tires this can really cause a lot of issues.

The first issue is, you’re not going to be able to drive in the rain. You can just forget about that now. When you’re driving in the rain, regular tires have a specific thread shape on it that helps the water past and flow through in a specific direction. A flow that helps the tire continues to have traction and stick to the road. What happens if you lose traction? This is a little thing called hydroplaning. That’s any driver’s worst nightmare when driving in the rain!

During hydroplaning, all the wheels or any of the tires that are in contact with rain or puddles completely lift off the road, at this point it has zero traction or grip on the road. This will give you the least amount of control when you’re driving, which means you’re accident rate potential is going to be imminent. The only way you’ll be able to stop in time is if there is no-one else in front of you and you have plenty of roads available. Let’s hope that you’re not hydroplaning around a corner, turn, bend or roundabout because you will spin out.

This is just scratching the surface when it comes to driving with smooth wheels. Another issue to keep in mind now is that you’re going to be more prone to punctures on the road. Have you ever driven through a road that has a few rocks? You park your car, check your wheel, and see those pebbles stuck in between the thread of your wheel! Sometimes even a nail that didn’t go through somehow. Well, with smooth wheels that’s not going to happen. You’re going to encounter these sharp objects, and any one of them can be just like a knife to your wheel. One of the worst feelings while driving shortly follows. A flat tyre!

Lastly let’s talk about winter tyres. Winter tyres tend to be the most equipped for dealing with snow. Their thread is perfect when crunching over inches of powdery white snow. Some cars can even go through 20 inches of snow no problem! But what happens if you attempt to drive in the snow with smooth tyres? This is what we call the Scooby-Doo. You’re just going to be stuck, moving in place, but not go anywhere at all. The car will have no traction the tyres will lift off the ground and spin out.

Now that we understand the dangers of driving with smooth tyres, it is always important to be able to check the thread constantly. This is so that you don’t catch or find yourself in any of the situations that we talked about above. A good rule of thumb is to keep a penny around in the car. If you put a coin on the thread of your wheels and you see the coins print in any of the wheels, even one of them, you know that you’re in danger of smooth tyres.

Minty’s is amongst the leading tyre suppliers in South Africa, and is recognized for our high standard of customer service. We have built a reputation amongst our customers and ensure that they receive tyres and alloy wheels of the highest quality, amongst the largest brands nationwide. Contact us on Tel: 011 661 4338 / 011 661 4339 or Email: amalgam@mintys.com.


A New Year Brings New Dreams

The New Year is filled with new dreams, ideas and plans. It’s always good to have a goal or a dream that allows you to improve your life. Everyone should have a dream and a way to reach that dream. Hopefully this year you will be able to reach your dreams or to achieve the goals you set for yourself.

If you love cars and have a specific car in mind that you want to get this year, or maybe next year, then set your goal and work towards achieving it. Find an image of this dream car and place it in area where you can see it often. This will motivate you to work hard in order to achieve it. When you have a chance go to the dealer and get the information on the car you want. Perhaps take it for a test drive. This will increase your motivation and when you are motivated with the goal in mind, you can achieve it sooner. It’s all about keeping your eyes on the prize.

Maybe this year you want to add a few enhancements on your car. Perhaps you want to get a new set of modern wheels fitted with the best tyres. A beautiful modern set of mag wheels will give your car an instant facelift that your friends will notice. Browse through a wheel supplier’s website and decide what type of wheels you want. Find out what the costs will be and set your target then work towards it. You can also go back to the website often to check on wheels and tyres for sale. Hopefully you can get the set of wheels that you want at a discount. Stay focused on the end result.

The New Year is a good time to set goals. Whatever your dreams and goals are this can be the year that you reach it. Make sure that you write it down and get pictures of what you want to keep you motivated and focused on the goal. When you persevere and stick to the plan you can achieve anything you set your mind to.

Why You Should Rotate Your Tyres Periodically

Tyres should be rotated periodically for a number of different reasons. They are simply your sole connection to the road. Believe it or not, many drivers do not even pay attention to their wheels or tyres, which can possibly then turn into a hazard. Rotating tyres really depends on if your vehicle is front, rear, or all-wheel drive. They will all wear at different rates so it is important that you take note. Regardless, they need to be rotated and you should have them serviced when it is time to do so to avoid any damage and costly repairs to your car.

If you have a front wheel drive vehicle, the vehicle will use the front wheels to steer, brake, and put power down to the pavement. This simply means that your front wheels will end up wearing out a lot quicker than the rear ones. Rotating them will simply mean that this will give your back ones time to catch up with the front. This will in turn even out the extended life of each tyre. It is important that this is done as frequently as needed. Usually every car manual will inform you on how often you will need to rotate them.

You want to make sure that each wheel is in great working order and the only way to do this is by having them rotated as needed. Sometimes people will have them rotated when they go in for an oil change. Depending on how often your car needs an oil change, rotating each wheel may be beneficial at each oil change appointment. Cupping and blistering are two common problems that may arise during an inspection of each tyre. These can result from potholes and tears from pinching.

If you have rear wheel drive, you will simply rotate the back and front to give them even wear. As far as all-wheel drive goes, criss-crossing them is the only method used to make sure that all of them have adequate wear. Another thing to take into consideration are sizes of each wheel. Some of them are designed to rotate in one direction only. Special attention needs to be made. The best thing to do is rotate them because it will save money in the long run. The cost of each wheel is a lot more than a routine rotation. Avoiding rotation can cause a lot of problems and of course cause you to spend more money in the long run.

Your manual as well mechanics are useful resources when it comes to getting information from rotation of each tyre on your car. They can tell you how often this needs to be done. It can be just once a year or even a couple of times a year. Many things are taken into consideration but it is your main job to make sure that it is being taken care of as much as needed. Every mechanic can definitely stress the important of tyre rotation so always make sure you stay on top of yours.

Minty’s is amongst the leading tyre suppliers in South Africa, and is recognized for our high standard of customer service. We have built a reputation amongst our customers and ensure that they receive tyres and alloy wheels of the highest quality, amongst the largest brands nationwide. Contact us on Tel: 011 661 4338 / 011 661 4339 or Email: amalgam@mintys.com.

What Can Cause A Slow Puncture

When it comes to driving, there are a lot of different aspects that play into it. It is no longer just getting behind the wheel and driving. It is always good to do a quick visual inspection of the vehicle before you even get in it. Then being sure to do your daily, monthly and yearly maintenance. This can help ensure that your car will run efficiently and last you as long as possible. A motor is a machine that must be taken care of in order to ensure a long lasting car. One place that often sees trouble is the tyres. Slow leaks can be damaging, here are a few things that can cause a slow leak.


Nails often times are the culprit of a fast leak, however, if the nail hasn’t pushed all the way through the tyre, then the leak could be slow. Small nails or nails that are split in half can just go partially through the tyre. If they stay in the tyre, you may not even notice them until you go out and your tyre is slightly deflated. It is very common to pick up nails in parking lots as well as in gutters. Anywhere that water runs off and potentially can have debris. Although you can fill your tire back up to recommended pressure briefly, it is always best to have the tyre checked and fixed. This will help ensure that you don’t cause damage to the tyre or rim.

Tire Damage

A tire that is damaged or not put together right can have a slow leak. If you notice that your tire is wearing funny and is also slow leaking then you may have an issue with how your tire is put together or how your car is aligned. This is an issue that you would need to go to a shop to resolve. Along with that, any sun damage or weather damage can cause a slow leak. If you are using older tyres that have spent a lot of time in the sun, it could have damage due to sun cracking.

Small Debris

If you have recently drove through a debris ridden area or on a dirt or damaged road, it is always a good idea to do a brief check of your car tyres. This is because small debris can cause a slow leak. Things like small pieces of metal or ‘alligator tails’ left by truck tyres that have blown, can cause damage to your tyres.

Temperature Changes

When the weather gets colder, the particles in the air in your tire start to move closer and closer together. So you don’t have a leak, but the pressure in your tyres can reduce enough to have problems with your tyre. Always check your pressures during the colder months.

There are alot of different reasons that you could have a slow leak. From temperature changes to nails tyre slow leaks are very common. Have your wheels checked regularly to avoid any bad or unwanted surprises while you are on the road.

Minty’s is amongst the leading tyre suppliers in South Africa, and is recognized for our high standard of customer service. We have built a reputation amongst our customers and ensure that they receive tyres and alloy wheels of the highest quality, amongst the largest brands nationwide. Contact us on Tel: 011 661 4338 / 011 661 4339 or Email: amalgam@mintys.com.

What is a Good Wheel Size For a Small Car?

Do you know what it feels like to drive a car that has the wrong tyre size? The tyres feel uneven to the point where you think the road is uneven when it is not. That places extra pressure on the front tyres, particularly if they are too big or too small. The tyres might become so warped and low on the tread that they blow out while you are on the road. I had that happen, and it is not a fun time. That is why you need to make sure your car has the proper tyre sizes at all times.

What Is An Ideal Size?

The proper size ranges between 14-22 inches. Anything below 14 inches is too small. Anything beyond 22 inches is too big (depending on the situation).

Some More Tips On Finding The Right Tyres and Wheels For Your Small Car

  1. Make sure that you really need a new set of wheels first. Your car is probably doing okay if your wheels are less than ten years old. You might want to consider buying a new set if your car is ten years or older. Pay close attention to things like deterioration and exposure to oxygen. One minor hole can be repaired before it gets worse. It is going to be a downhill ride if the hole grows much larger. Sometimes all the car tyres need is a really good patch job.
  2. You also want to check for wear, especially if it gets to be too uneven. Uneven tyres will cause issues on the road. That could cause problems with your suspension and alignment. That will spell disaster if you are out driving on the highway or freeway, particularly, if the traffic is bumper to bumper (wall to wall).
  3. You can also read your owner’s guide. Every car has one. Look up the pages about tyre sizes. The page should give you a detailed outline of which size to get, even with your spare.
  4. You also might need to inspect your spare. Every car has one. It should be in the middle compartment in your car’s trunk. The spare should be the same size as your regular tyre, maybe a few centimetres greater or less than. The spare is there for emergencies. In other words, you should not use your spare as a replacement for your used tyre. The spare is there to get you through the rough patches until you have your tyre replaced. I would not wait too long, though. The spare has a very short lifespan. Make sure to get your regular tyre repaired or replaced within a few days, maybe less.
  5. You might want to (if you can afford it) replace the set. I know it’s tempting to cut corners but don’t do that. Your car’s system works based on a matching set. Try to buy at least two of the same size, even if the one looks good. There could be some issues in the tyre you do not know about yet. Buy two of the same size (14-22 inches). Your car will be safer, as will your travels.

Minty’s is amongst the leading tyre suppliers in South Africa, and is recognized for our high standard of customer service. We have built a reputation amongst our customers and ensure that they receive tyres and alloy wheels of the highest quality, amongst the largest brands nationwide. Contact us on Tel: 011 661 4338 / 011 661 4339 or Email: amalgam@mintys.com.

When to Change The Tyres

When you drive to work and back home you tend to fall into a routine where you do the same thing every day. The route to work and back home is the same. So with time you become accustomed to the status quo and you don’t really notice when something changes.

Beware of this. It’s always good to have a sense of awareness in life and not just fall into the routine. Routine is good because it gives our lives a sense of structure and you remember what needs to be done as you need to do it every day. But when that routine takes over your life you tend to become unaware of things that need to change. Things like car parts and tyres. The parts on your car have a limited life span so your car won’t run forever on the current parts. It will have to be serviced at some point and replaced in due time.

Your tyres are one of those car parts that one tends to forget about because you don’t really pay attention to it. But it is such an important part that the quality of the tyres and the amount of wear and tear on it can make the difference between a safe and disastrous trip. It is a good idea, every once in while, to check the tyres. There are a few things that you should look out for when you do a check. Firstly, take a look at the tread. Is the tread still deep enough or is it smooth already? If it is smooth that means that the tyres will have no grip on the road. This will be especially dangerous in wet conditions because you risk the car gliding or sliding across the road when you apply the brakes. So it is important to have a deep tread level to ensure maximum grip. You cannot save tyres that have no tread so this will be the point at which you will need to change the tyres.

If you notice that the tyre walls are damaged either due to regular wear and tear or due to road pot holes then you might notice a few of the inner threads of the tyres surfacing. This is definitely a warning sign. A tyre should be whole and if there are any indications of threads or tearing in the wall then you should replace it immediately. This risk could involve tearing of the rubber while you drive which could lead to an accident.

When you have a puncture in the tyre, you may be able to get away with simply patching it but that will depend on the position of the hole. If the hole is on the wall of the tyre then you can’t patch it, it would have to be replaced.

Whenever you drive around it is a good idea to be vigilant and keep an eye on the condition of the road. Avoid bumpy roads and pot holes as these factors can damage the tyres. But whenever you notice a puncture, tears and worn tread then you should change them.

Minty’s is amongst the leading tyre suppliers in South Africa, and is recognized for our high standard of customer service. We have built a reputation amongst our customers and ensure that they receive tyres and alloy wheels of the highest quality, amongst the largest brands nationwide. Contact us on Tel: 011 661 4338 / 011 661 4339 or Email: amalgam@mintys.com


Take Care of Your Car And Your Tyres

Your car takes you wherever you want to go or need to be. It will take you to work and back home, to your family and on many adventures. So it is essential that you take care of your car.

Because your car needs to take you everywhere safely and if there is a part that is not functioning properly or damaged it could lead to devastating consequences. For a wonderful and safe driving experience you need have your car and the various parts checked and fixed, when required.

One, or rather four, essential parts of your car are the tyres. They are constantly in contact with the road and you use it every time you drive. Those tyres must be in good condition so that your car can move safely and effectively. There are a few things you can do to make sure that your car’s wheels and tyres are in good condition.

– Check the tread. This is a good indication whether your tyres are in good condition or not. If you can barely see the tread then it is run down and smooth. Smooth tread is not good because your car will not have good grip on the road especially around corners and on wet roads. If the tread is smooth then you should change the tyres.

– Check for wear. If the tyre is worn, like if you can see the rubber of the tyre starting to peel or thread off then you should change it. Wear and tear on your wheels can be very dangerous because it can cause the tyre to burst while you’re driving. Make sure you get them changed as soon as possible.

– Check for punctures. If you notice that you need to pump air into the tyres more often than you usually would, then you might have a slow puncture. This could be caused by a nail having pierced the rubber and it’s still in the wheel so the air escapes slowly. Find the source or the hole of the puncture and have it repaired. If the puncture is on the side wall then you will need to replace the tyre.

– Avoid potholes. Potholes can cause a lot of damage to the wheel and it could lead to a dangerous accident. Wherever possible, avoid potholes so that your wheels don’t get damaged unnecessarily. During the rainy season, drive slowly through puddles because water can disguise a pothole very well.

– Inflate your tyres. When you notice that your tyres are slightly deflated then get them pumped to the optimal bar. This will allow you drive efficiently and more comfortably. When they are optimally pumped then your driving experience will be enhanced and you will have better control over your car.

Be sure to check your car and the wheels on a regular basis or if you notice anything suspicious so that you can take to the road safely. There’s nothing better than knowing you’re in a great car that is safe while you’re getting ready for your next adventure.

Minty’s is amongst the leading tyre suppliers in South Africa, and is recognized for our high standard of customer service. We have built a reputation amongst our customers and ensure that they receive tyres and alloy wheels of the highest quality, amongst the largest brands nationwide. Contact us on Tel: 011 661 4338 / 011 661 4339 or Email: amalgam@mintys.com.

It’s Time To Change Your Tyres

During the holidays you would have driven to many places, doing many different activities and visiting friends and family while celebrating the festive season. The holiday season is over now so it’s back to normal. Back to work and school.

While you’re very busy with getting back into the swing of things remember to check your car and wheels too. In addition to all the above mentioned destinations you may have also embarked on a road trip across the country. Many people drive from Johannesburg to Durban, Eastern Cape or the Western Cape, amongst others. These destinations are far apart and, hopefully, you did check that your car was in good condition before you departed. One of those checks being the tyres. If the tyre tread was still at a reasonable depth then you probably did not have to change the tyres. After driving thousands of kilometres within one month this will affect the status of the tyres.

Walk over to your car and look at the tyres. Take the time to check it properly. If the tyres are smooth and the tread is very shallow then it is time to change them. Driving with smooth tyres can be very dangerous because there is no grip on the road. When you go around a corner you risk the car losing grip on the road and skidding out of control. Or if you want to stop suddenly, like at a robot or a car ahead of you just stopped quickly, the car could slide long after you apply the brakes. Another scenario where this could be dangerous is on wet roads. When it rains the roads become slippery so you need good grip on the road. Smooth tyres and wet slippery roads are a very bad combination.

So if the tyres are smooth or even starting to fray along the edges then you need to get the tyres changed as soon as you can. Find tyres that are the same size and specifications as the current set you have. For example, if your car requires Run-Flat tyres then it is best to fit the Run-Flats again. In general, it is always good practice to check the tread depth to make sure that you are driving safely all the time.

As the year starts again, be safe and drive well.

Why Is The Tyre Pressure So Important?

Many people get in their cars and just drive wherever they need to go without thinking about how the car functions. There are many parts in a car that enables you to have the comfortable and safe driving experience you strive for. One of those car parts includes the tyres, especially tyre pressure.

The wheels and tyres are certainly an important part because how else would you be able to drive from one place to the next? So the wheels and tyres are important; everyone understands that. But what is the big deal about the tyre pressure?

If you have been driving for a few years then you’ve certainly noticed a taxi or a bakkie on the road that had flat tyres. You probably drove behind one for a fair distance. In most cases the tyres are flat because the load was too heavy and the driver didn’t bother to pump the tyres with air. Yet, they continued to drive. Did you notice that the taxi couldn’t really move much faster? You had to pass it by because the taxi was driving way below the speed limit. The flat tyres instantly decreased the vehicle’s driving efficiency. More acceleration is required to move the vehicle forward and to maintain the forward momentum. If the vehicle has to work harder to gain and maintain a certain speed then you would require more fuel. As a result the vehicle is going much slower but burning more fuel than it should. This acceleration puts a lot of strain on the engine and may cause it to wear out a number of parts.

To avoid burning so much fuel and to prevent the vehicle from working extra hard, it is advisable to check the tyre pressure regularly and to pump the tyres whenever necessary. When the tyres are optimally filled with air, it takes less acceleration to move the vehicle forward. The optimally air filled tyres are able to maintain higher speeds much easier thus optimising fuel efficiency.

Consequently, tyre pressure is a big deal. It is important if you want to be safe, have a pleasant driving experience and to save fuel.

Make Sure Your Car Can Carry The Load of a Bigger Family

As your life changes your wants and needs change with it. You get married, you have children, you move, you change jobs, and so forth. For each part of the journey you need a car that can carry the load and with each step your car and your wheels will change.

One of the main reasons why people choose a bigger car like a people carrier, a minivan or an SUV is because their family is growing. An SUV is a great choice if you are having your first or second child because you will need the extra boot space and the additional interior space for the three or four of you. With the plethora of options available these days you can choose an SUV that you love and is functional for your family’s needs. Daily or weekend drives will take a bit longer to prepare for. You have to buckle up the two children, pack the stroller and their additional nappy bags. With four of you and the extra baggage in the SUV, you should check the tyre pressure to make sure that it can handle the load. If the tyre pressure is low you will burn more fuel than you would have if the tyres were pumped to the optimal bar.

What if you find out that you’re having yet another child, and now you have three children. An SUV might just about cut it but you’re going to need more space so a people carrier or a minivan might be your next choice. These vehicles can generally take a much bigger load. About five to seven people can travel in these vehicles depending on the model. There is also more boot space for all the bags and strollers. These vehicles also make road trips much more comfortable. Everyone is not sitting too tightly against each other and the luggage is tucked away in the spacious boot. Remember that if the people carrier or minivan is loaded with your family and all of your luggage, you will need to check the tyres . Are the tyres looking a bit flat when you load the vehicle? Do you have the right wheels that can support the weight of the vehicle? These are important questions to ask because your family’s safety is important. The right wheels with tyres pumped to the correct tyre pressure will give you a smooth and comfortable driving experience.