Interesting Tire Facts


  1. Car tires are naturally white
    Car tires are not naturally white. The natural color of rubber is a milky, yellowish-white color. However, to make car tires more durable and resistant to weathering, they are typically treated with various chemicals and additives that can change their color to black. The carbon black that is added to the rubber gives it a dark color, which helps to absorb sunlight and heat, and also provides protection against ultraviolet radiation. Some tire manufacturers may add other pigments or dyes to the rubber to achieve different colors, but white is not a common color for car tires due to its impracticality in terms of maintenance and visibility of dirt and grime.
  2. Tires can be recycled into a variety of products/materials.
    Recycling tires can help reduce waste and promote sustainability. Here are some examples of products and materials that can be made from recycled tires:

    1. Crumb rubber: Tires can be shredded and ground into small pieces, known as crumb rubber. This material can be used to make new tires, rubber mats, and athletic surfaces such as playgrounds and running tracks.
    2. Rubberized asphalt: Ground-up tires can also be added to asphalt to create a more durable and flexible road surface. Rubberized asphalt is often used on highways, airport runways, and other high-traffic areas.
    3. Tire-derived fuel: Some companies use shredded tires as a fuel source for cement kilns, pulp and paper mills, and other industrial processes.
    4. Tire-derived aggregate: Tires can be shredded and used as lightweight fill material in construction projects such as road embankments and retaining walls.
    5. Tire-derived products: Other products made from recycled tires include rubber mulch for landscaping, rubberized roofing materials, and even fashion accessories like belts and sandals.

    Recycling tires can help reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills and conserve natural resources. However, it’s important to note that not all tires can be recycled, and improper disposal of tires can have negative environmental impacts. It’s always best to check with your local waste management authorities to learn about proper tire disposal in your area.
  3. Where did the name tire derive from?
    The word “tire” is derived from the Old English word “tīr,” which originally referred to attire or clothing. This later evolved into the Middle English word “tyre,” denoting an outer covering or encircling band. The connection to modern tires comes from the fact that early wheel coverings, such as those made from leather or bands of iron, served as protective “clothing” for the wheel. As tire technology progressed and materials like rubber were introduced, the term “tire” became synonymous with the rubberized coverings we use on vehicles today.
  4. Tyres were bolted onto artillery wheels on early cars
    In the early days of automobiles, the wheels were made of wood or metal and the tires were made of solid rubber. These tires were bolted onto the wheel rim with a series of bolts or fasteners. This method of attaching the tires was known as the “artillery wheel” because it resembled the wheels on cannons or artillery pieces. Artillery wheels were commonly used on cars until the early 20th century when pneumatic tires with inner tubes became more common.

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