Everyone who owns or drives an automobile should know how to care for their vehicle, and knowing when to buy tires is very important. Because the tires are the part of the car that makes contact with the road, their condition makes a big difference in the way the car handles. Old, worn-out tires can make it difficult to control the vehicle, which can result in an accident. Fortunately, there are some clear-cut signs that it is time to replace tires.
- Tread depth should never fall below one-sixteenth of an inch. In fact, especially if conditions are regularly slick or wet, it should ideally be about twice that much. Professionals use a gauge to measure tread depth, but for most people, a penny works just as well! Just take an ordinary penny, and place it in the tread, Lincoln’s head down. If the head remains visible, you need new tires.
- Newer tires do not even require the penny test! Many new tires have tread wear indicator bars built into the tires, which appear as flat rubber bars running perpendicular to the tread when the tread runs low.
- Cracks are never a good sign. Routinely examine the sidewalls for cracks and grooves, because these can indicate a leak, or even a potential blowout. If cracks are visible, get to a repair shop as soon as possible!
- Bulges and blisters indicate weak spots. Think of a bulge or blister on a tire as being similar to an aneurysm in a blood vessel. Both conditions indicate something is about to blow, and both mean you should see a specialist quickly! If you don’t, you may end up in the hospital, whether from a blown artery or a blown tire.
- Shimmying and shaking is for the dance floor, not the highway. Excess vibration while driving is usually an indicator that something is amiss. A tire may be the root of the problem, or the problem may be a different issue that is damaging a tire. Either way, get to a repair shop because it is always better to err on the side of caution.
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