Just as your muscles ache after a hard workout, so do your tires get worn down as you drive. It doesn’t mean you’re a bad driver (unless you’re burning through tires like a NASCAR driver), it’s just inevitable. Over time, your tires will start to wear and age. If your tire fails you while you are driving, it can be dangerous. It may leave you stranded far from home or you could lose control while driving. It’s important that you know when your tires need to be replaced.
A mechanic will be able to instruct you on whether you are in need of new tires. However, this is only the case if you visit one regularly. In the meantime, it’s up to you to make sure your tires are safe. Nonetheless, we have compiled a list of the top three signs that indicate you should change your tires now.
A Reduction In Tread Depth
One of the clearest indications that it’s time to change your tires? A loss of tread depth. We’ll be honest with you, most people don’t know what tire tread is, so how on earth can they detect whether the depth is reduced? Your tread is what grips the road, and when you lose depth, what you are losing is traction. This compromises your safety when you’re on the road. So, how can you tell whether your tire tread is okay? Tires have an inbuilt tread depth indicator. You can’t see it unless your tread has worn down too much. The indicator will appear when your tread reaches a certain point. If you see these in two different areas of your tire it’s time to have them changed.
It doesn’t matter how much you paid for your tires, as soon as cracks start to appear on the sidewall it’s time to invest in new ones. This is a natural occurrence over time, as chemicals and oils start to evaporate and break down the tire. Additionally, as time passes, the rubber starts to lose its tightness which results in cracks. So, what cracks tell you is that your tread is drying out, which means it will give way. This is when blowouts occur. In addition to cracks on the sidewall, you should keep your eye out for blisters, slits, holes, and bulges on the surface of the tire. This allows air to escape, which will lead to deflation. You should regularly check your tire pressure to ensure you’re not losing air too quickly.
Noises & Vibration
These often go hand in hand. When you experience vibration it’s an indication that you have an alignment problem. This is common for tires that are in need of replacement, however, it doesn’t always mean your tires need to be changed. You should also have your tires rotated to help avoid alignment issues. Noises, though, are a clear indication of your tire problems.
Of course, if your tires are over five years old then there’s a good chance they will need to be replaced. Make sure you know how old your tires in and have them changed before you run into trouble. If you are experiencing any of the issues listed above, then it’s time to visit your trusted mechanic to have those issues dealt with. Don’t risk your safety.