• Feb 7, 2013
Change your oil every 3,000 miles and your tires every...well, that depends. The uncertainty surrounding tire wear and tear, however, could all change with this nifty concept. Inventors Gao Fenglin and Zhau Buyi have come up with the Discolor Tyre, a Red Dot award-winnng design. Here's how it works:

DISCOLOR TYRE

Under the normal black rubber of a tire's tread pattern, is a bright orange colored rubber. By the time the tread wears through to the color, it's time to change your tires. In addition to showing general wear, the orange rubber can also indicate small tears or leaks.

Pretty neat stuff for those who aren't into measuring their tread wear. This concept would certainly make our cars safer, but would you want to drive around on hot-orange tires until you could swap them out with a fresh set? Let us know in the comments.

[Source: Yanko Design]


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      • 5 Days Ago
      I see this becoming a madatory safety item for tire manufactures in the near future. In the mean time, I wouldn't buy this type of tire. I know what condition the tires are in on my pick-up truck every time I drive. Also, I would not care to advertise to EVERYONE (CHP included) on the road when I need tires.
      lesspall
      • 5 Days Ago
      Great, give the police a reason to give you a ticket they can see from a mile away when you might not have the money right away to buy new tires.
      • 5 Days Ago
      I think it's a great idea, I'd buy a set next time I need tires.
      • 5 Days Ago
      Yea !!! great idea at least I'll know the most likely canidate for hydroplaning in the rain storms.
      mmmmmmmmmm
      • 5 Days Ago
      this will save lives,,,,,,,folks r dumb on tire saety
      gidupgo
      • 5 Days Ago
      If the tires are balanced correctly and rotated every 7,500 miles or so, and the balnce is checked at every rotation, and they are mounted correctly, a good set of tires should last 100,000 miles or better. I have driven over that number with a Premium brand of tires, but I am not sure I can mention the brand here. If one drives sensibly and doesn't burn rubber, like I said, a good set of tires could last almost forever, hence, no reason for the orange.
        BC
        • 5 Days Ago
        @gidupgo
        I care for my tires properly, and I have never got more than 50K miles even from tires with longer warranteed tread life. Remember that different road surfaces and even the grade and curviness of the road will cause different degrees of wear, so one person's experience can't be extrapolated to a different area with different conditions
        mcfaddentj99
        • 5 Days Ago
        @gidupgo
        first off, a tire rated to go 70k miles might go 100k in cali or texas, but only go 40k in washington. the differance is the road surface. northern states use a much more abrasive road surface that southern states do because of inclemant weather. secondly, rotation intervals will vary between vehicle types, front wheel or all wheel drive vehicles should have thier tires rotated every six months on average, while rear and 4 wheel drive should have thiers rotated once a year on average.
        metusmetu
        • 5 Days Ago
        @gidupgo
        The weather, and the Sun play a big part in the deterioration of a tire! I would not even attempt to drive on a set of tires that far unless the vehicle was kept in a garage.
        Duncan
        • 5 Days Ago
        @gidupgo
        That sounds like an embelishment...I have had many tires go 40,000 and one set go 50,000 but 100,000 sounds like a fish story...like the one that got away... And I never buy brand tires, the others are just as good and cheaper, and according to studies, better. They are all manufactured under the same stringent standards...
        • 5 Days Ago
        @gidupgo
        100,000 miles??? are u nuts??? i never get more than 30,000 miles on a tire, the tire you buy must have very thick trend on them, or you must drive 25 in a 50 mph zone
      al12exb
      • 5 Days Ago
      good idea colorful tires, but do you think people are going to change tires until they are bald? Ya, I would keep driving...a color statement.....ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!!!!!
      DON
      • 5 Days Ago
      Now, if you show too much orange, you could get a ticket and a fine for driving on "Unsafe Tires" . Another way for Big Brother to tax you more. Always a new trick up his sleeve.......
      Randy
      • 5 Days Ago
      I think it should be mandatory for all tires.
      • 5 Days Ago
      VERY VERY SMART THING, ALSO THE POLICE COULD SEE YOUR TIRES AND WARN YOU TO GET THEM REPLACED BECASUE YOU ARE HAZARD ON THE ROAD, MAY CAUSE ACCIDENT AND INJURY OR EVEN DEATH TO YOUR SELF OR INNOCENT PEOPLE
      floppypawltd
      • 5 Days Ago
      LMAO This is NOT a new invention! A few years back Goodyear had a series of tires with your choice of colored tread blocks made exactly like this for Tuner Imports. All this guy did was hide the color layer under regular color tread compound. IMHO thier will be a group who thing the orange color is cool and drive around on it like this.
        HAT1701D
        • 5 Days Ago
        @floppypawltd
        Exactly what I was thinking. They will let it get down to that point and it will be like a modern version of the "Red Line" tire to them even though you can still buy Red Line tires.
      gary365
      • 5 Days Ago
      Tires already have depth markers between tread blocks. You can read the tread remaining from 3 feet away. Oh, but you can't read them if you don't look. So charge an extra $100for the orange, and cut the price on mine. Gary
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