Tires are an important component of getting you where you need to go. A car without functional tires won’t get very far at all! Tires can be worn down by time or by the elements. A tire that isn’t working properly can spell disaster on the road. That being said, people are often confused about when to exchange their old tires for new ones. To help you out, we’ve assembled a list of ways to check whether you need new tires.
1. The Penny Test
The Penny Test is an old one but a gold one— or should we say copper? To check the depth of your tire tread, insert a penny Lincoln head down into the tire’s tread. If you can see Abraham Lincoln’s entire head, you need new tires.
2. Visible Tread Indicator Bars
Many new tires come equipped with these nifty little features. When the tires are new, these perpendicular rubber bars are nearly invisible. However, as the tires wear down, the bars begin to appear. If too many begin to appear, get yourself some new tires.
3. Evidence of Cracking
Obviously, if your tires have cracks in them, it’s time to get new tires. The cracks could be signs of leaking or can even lead to a blowout. However, sometimes these cracks in the tire’s side wall are difficult to see. A close inspection of the tires should reveal any serious cracks.
4. Extensive Vibrating
One of the best and easiest ways to test the quality of your tires is to take your car for a spin. If your vehicle is vibrating too much, that could be the sign of internal problems with the tires. Even if the tires aren’t the cause, excessive vibrations can damage them. New tires should ensure you pick up good vibrations instead!
These tips and tricks should help you determine whether you need new tires so you can get back on the road. If you need help, don't hesitate to come visit our Service Department and let us help you. Or, schedule an appointment now! Has this page made you realize you need new tires? We can help you with that too: check out our tire deals!