With so many safety features in the cars of today, it’s easy to forget one of the most important safety aspects of your vehicle has been there all along — your tires! Your tires are what provide traction when it rains, the ability to stop and turn your car, as well as give your vehicle the grip it needs to move forward, no matter the weather. Keeping your car equipped with quality tires that have the appropriate amount of tread is one of the best safety steps you can take. So, how do you know when you need new tires? Let’s find out!
The easiest step to take to find out if you need new tires is to grab a penny and do the penny test. Have you ever heard of the penny test? It’s very easy. Put your penny inside one of your tire treads, Lincoln’s head down, and see where the tread meets. If you can see the top of Lincoln’s head, then you need new tires. Simple as that!
Another method to determine if you need new tires is to look for physical signs of wear and tear. These can include obviously balding tread lines, bulges and/or cracks on the side walls of the tires, and signs of irregular wearing.
You can also ask a tire shop or trusted mechanic to keep an eye on your tires when they perform a regular maintenance check. They can help to advise you on which tires will be best for your type of driving and vehicle needs in the future.
If you need new tires, we can help get you started here at Highway Tire Auto & Lube today — just give us a call!