• Feb 7th 2013 at 3:30PM
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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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      • 2 Years Ago
      nice concept but what about with the economics right now? If a person can't afford to get new tires at the time and an over zealous police officer or state trooper sees the orange wear, then I am getting a ticket and forced to purchase tires when I may not be able to do so. Since there are so many people out of work, and those that are of less then desirable morals, could mean the rise in theft of tires. Theives take so they don't have to pay or get tickets. Now it just causes more issues. Good concept but I see it being something that is opening other issues. Sometimes good people don't have the means to immediately buy things, this would force those individuals to put up when they can't and give law enforcement to compound the situation by issuance of a ticket adding to the pot. I commend the men on their inovation but I tink it was a waste of their time just to keep them busy. Why not come up with a tire that doesn't wear out or extentends the life of the tire to double or more. Not something that would force people to have to buy more tires. I would suggest that they direct their efforts to extending the life of the tire, not boosting the sales of tires by forcing people to have to purchase or get tickets if they don't.
        ty
        • 2 Years Ago
        Hope the color shows a decent amount before rather than at the legal limit.
        HAT1701D
        • 2 Years Ago
        If you are in that position and driving a car out of warranty, 1.) If you experience a mechanical failure with something such as the transmission, an internal engine issue, or a major electrical component failure, you will probably not be able to afford that event either. 2.) If number 1.) occurs and you can't afford it, then chances are you won't have money to afford a set of replacement car. It's best to be ready at all times with money saved up for a major problem with a car if you only have one and it is out of warranty. I just went through this with a vehicle as I myself only have only one, the engine suffered an oil pump failure at speed and by the time it was pulled over and shut down it was at the point of needing rebuilt. Cylinder #4 of 6 was getting enough friction where the piston was melting the wall of that cylinder. All cylinders needed bored, polished. The cam was ruined, the pistons needed replaced. Most of the valve train was damaged beyond reuse. Went ahead and had all the crank bearing replaced all though they had managed to survive the heat. Went ahead and had some other parts replaced while at it. Luckily, I have a local mechanic that I've been using ( I suggest finding one ) which also saved money. It still cost over $2,000 for the job. However, when you can't afford a newer car, you need to be prepared.
      SNAKERIVERJERKY
      • 2 Years Ago
      VERY GOOD IDEA BUT I THINK ANY OTHER COLOR THAN ORANGE IE; BROWN,DARK RED, DARK BLUE, DARK GREEN WOULD BE BETTER, BRIGHT OR FLORESCENT COLORS NOT NECESSARY. BRIGHT COLORS COULD LEAD TO LAW ENFORCEMENT HARASSMENT.
        HAT1701D
        • 2 Years Ago
        @SNAKERIVERJERKY
        Well, that would drive the point home even more than. You've hit the point that the tire needs changed, it's obvious, get it done. If the color is "toned down", then you can keep putting it off longer because it will be less obvious.
      tdorsett7
      • 2 Years Ago
      Very Cool....Great Idea.....
        mdavis9171
        • 2 Years Ago
        @tdorsett7
        I agree
        Thomas
        • 2 Years Ago
        @tdorsett7
        your the same person who doesnt use a signal when changing lanes and thinks that a noise signal when your to close to another vehicle is a good dea..how about watching what your doing?
      • 2 Years Ago
      Great idea
      mkcarrdini
      • 2 Years Ago
      this is not new,this was done many years ago, a flourescent stipe was embedded into the tire, when the tread was low enough,you made the stip illuminate whilst driving. mostly for police to visualize your next ticket,,
      kathyo777
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think it's a great idea, I'd buy a set next time I need tires.
      • 2 Years 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.
      alva962
      • 2 Years Ago
      would not buy into the orange tire concept.
      lesspall
      • 2 Years 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.
      Paul
      • 2 Years Ago
      best thing yet been driving since i was 15 now 73 my first car was a modle t
      mdavis9171
      • 2 Years Ago
      From the comments I've read no one wants to maintain the tires. I bought tires at Costco, they rotate and reblalance the tires every 5000 miles FREE to maintain the tire life and keep you safe while driving. They also fix flats free, meauser the tread depth and let you know the condition of the tires. The tire I bought was gauranteed 60,000 mils, after 40,000 they were worn, Costco gave me a rebate of $104 per tire if I bught the same set of tires to put on my car or the same brnd of tires differnt set. I did that, had the car dealer realign the wheels and away I went. MAINTAIN THE TIRES AS WELL AS THE ENGINE, YOUR CAR WILL LAST LONGER.
      DON
      • 2 Years 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.......
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