How To Determine When You Need To Change Your Tires

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Each year, about 11,000 tire-related crashes occur. These are caused by worn-down tread or even tire underinflation.

Maintaining your tires is vital to their longevity. But it’s also important you known when to change tires to prevent a wreck.

Here’s exactly how to tell if your tires need to be replaced, or if they’re still good.

Look for Damage

One sure sign you need to replace your tires is if you see any damage. Some things, like a puncture from a nail, can be easily repaired at your local mechanic or tire dealer.

Other signs of damage mean you need new tires. If you see wire poking out of any part of your tire, it’s time to get new wheels and fast.

This will look like tiny metal hairs poking out of your tire’s rubbery skin. They’ll hurt and scratch to the touch – so don’t touch without protective gloves.

Check the Walls

Next, check the walls on your tires. Look for any bubbling or weird bulges. Check for cracks in the rubber, and keep an eye out for metal wires poking through.

Any of these is a sign you need new tires.

Check the Tread

Finally, you need to check your tread. Tread is vital for giving you the traction you need, whether it’s to prevent hydroplaning in rainy areas, or avoid sliding on snow and ice pack in winter.

Without enough tread, you don’t have the traction you need.

Take a penny. Put it into a groove in the tread so Lincoln’s head is facing down. If you can see the top of Lincoln’s head, your tires don’t have enough tread, and you need to replace them.

Also, check your tread for any uneven patterns. These can sometimes be hard to spot to the untrained eye, so have your mechanic check them when you get your oil changed.

Uneven wear patterns in your tread can mean your tires aren’t properly balanced, or it can be a sign of another mechanical issue. Either way, you need to replace your tires and get the issue looked at.

Uneven wear patterns cause problems with braking and steering, and can make for an uncomfortable ride.

Take Care of Your Tires

To get the most life out of your tires, make sure you take care of them. Check to make sure they’re properly inflated, and get them balanced and rotated regularly. Especially in areas with a lot of ice melt, regularly clean your wheels to prevent rust.

Knowing When to Change Tires Is Half the Battle

Getting the right tires is the other half. Of course, you want to get the most life out of your tires. But unsafe tires can cause accidents and death. Understanding when to change tires is vital to your safety.

Always look for damage to your tires, like cracking, bulges, or wires poking through. Then always check your tread. If your tread is too low, or if your tires are damaged, it’s time to replace them.

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