SUVs tend to be among the safest cars that you can own. To keep your SUV safe you need to also make sure that you have safe tyres. The car is only as safe as its weakest link.If you have bad brakes, the car might not be as safe, the same goes with the tyres. If you have worn out tyres with a bad tread depth, they will not be safe to drive with. You need to have at least 4mm tread depth, so if you are running close to that you should purchase a new set of SUV summer tyres.
Low tread depth impacts your braking distance, which makes you more likely to be in an accident. When cornering you are also more likely to skid and lose control over your SUV. In addition, low tread depth is much more likely to cause aquaplaning, as there is less volume to push away water from the contact area. Aquaplaning is something you want to avoid as it can lead to total loss of control over your vehicle. This can easily cause you to crash your SUV. Both these factors support that you need to change tyres to keep your SUV as safe as it is intended to be.
If you have proper tread depth in your tyres, you might be able to manage a bit longer with your current tyres. Especially if you are happy with them and they look to be in good condition. Make sure that the tyre pressure is according to the owner’s manual, as low tyre pressure causes higher tyre wear and higher fuel consumption. Both these can be avoided by just putting some air into your tyres. Tyre pressure will increase with increasing temperature and decrease with decreasing temperature. Due to the big impact as it has on your tyres, it is recommended to check it on a regular basis.
When selecting new tyres for your SUV, you can use the EU tyre label and look for the wet grip which is the one that is representing the safety aspect of the tyre. It measure the braking distance on wet roads, where a lower braking distance is correlated with