Have you started your annual car maintenance?
There are many things you should check on whenever a new year rolls around, and one of the most important checks are the ones for your tires.
Having the proper tire pressure is crucial to safety. Only second to the brakes, the tires are the most important safety devices of your car.
The more you drive the more wear and tear your tires experience, and you will have to eventually replace them. The important thing is knowing when you need to get new tires. Here are several signs to look out for when considering how much life is left in your tires.
Smooth tires won’t do. Treadless tires are a sign that you need to have them replaced. New tires have deep grooves that are worn down over time and have no grip to where they become smooth. You need these grips to keep your car from slipping when faced with a threat. Threats on the road such as rain, ice, and potholes can take you off course with little control.
On top of losing traction, worn treads are also at risk of popping when they come in contact with road debris.
Testing Your Tires
If you don’t know whether or not your treads are worn enough to get your tires changed, try the classic penny test! Take the coin and insert the coin into a tread groove. Use Lincoln’s face on the coin as a unit of measurement as you slip it downwards into the grooves. Then, if the tread ridge hides part of Lincoln’s head, your tread depth is still in good shape. If Lincoln’s head is still visible, your tread is worn and ready for replacing.
When It’s Time For New Tires
Rubber can last forever but that doesn’t mean tires do. When purchasing tires, you may find that most manufacturers offer tread wear guarantees of 60,000 miles. However, they highly recommend replacing your tires every 6 to 10 years. Check your expiration date regularly to make sure you’re not driving on old tires!
The mechanics at Weldon’s can ensure that your car is serviced and maintained to keep you and your car in top condition. If you need help with any of these tips, feel free to ask us for help. If you would like to make an appointment,
Call (580) 279-0907 today.