Dangers of Regrooving & Buying Secondhand Tyre’s


Regrooving of non-regroovable tyres are prohibited in Zimbabwe according to STATUTORY INSTRUMENT 154 of 2010: ROAD TRAFFIC (CONSTRUCTION, EQUIPMENT & USE) REGULATIONS 2010.

What is regrooving?

It is illegal practice of cutting a pattern, by hand, into the tread of a worn tyre that is deeper than the original pattern in order to extend the tyre’s life.

Why it’s dangerous?

It is highly dangerous to use worn tyres that have reached their end-of-life indicator limit. Regrooving a tyre exposes the tyre casting, breakers or belts, which will cause the tyre to fail and may cause a serious road accident and loss of life, especially in wet conditions.

It is the tyre’s tread that displaces water to provide grip on the road, the wet grip of smooth tyres decreases dramatically as speed increases. The stopping distance required also increases as the pattern wears down. At 120km/jour, under wet conditions, the road grip of a new tyre can drop to 80% while that of a smooth tyre plummets to 10%!

Regrooving tyres claim hundreds of lives on Zimbabwe roads every year. Don’t be a statistic.


Why the cheap option isn’t always the safe option?

Safety first, always. While second-hand tyres are not illegal, safety is a key consideration for Tyre Club Fitment Centre (Pvt) Ltd.

That is why we recommend that you always buy new tyres to give you the peace of mind that comes with fitting a product of proven quality and safety.

Before you buy second-hand

The following important guidelines should be considered if you are thinking of buying secondhand tyres.