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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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      mmmmmmmmmm
      • 2 Years Ago
      this will save lives,,,,,,,folks r dumb on tire saety
      al12exb
      • 2 Years 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!!!!!!!!!!!
      • 2 Years 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
      gary365
      • 2 Years 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
      gidupgo
      • 2 Years 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
        • 2 Years 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
        metusmetu
        • 2 Years 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.
        mcfaddentj99
        • 2 Years 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.
        Duncan
        • 2 Years 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...
        • 2 Years 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
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think it s a great idea. it would help me because I dont pay attention to much to my tires, but if I saw the orange color I would know it s time to change the tire.
      JO-ANN
      • 2 Years Ago
      So now if you get stopped by the cops they can give you a ticket for driving with unsafe tires because you have orange tires.
      SAM
      • 2 Years Ago
      Good Idea. I pulled beside a Lexus SUV the other day and all I could see was the core showing on the tires, and this full was getting on the interstate....This would work out great for states without a inspection, I t would help the cops pull over people who are driving UNSAFE Cars and Trucks, because all they know how to do with it is put gas in it and go.....I've seen alot of accidents caused by people driving on MAYPOPS, plus when I was driving It would let me know what stupid people not to drive next to.
      ricky
      • 2 Years Ago
      If these tires are as safe as what we are used to? Ab-Fab! Brilliant! will probably save lives too. Bit of genius...
      robert
      • 2 Years Ago
      Sounds like a ticket waiting to happen! MOST PEOPLE KNOW that their tires a worn out.
      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,,
      • 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.
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