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How To Know When I Need New Tires

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Truthfully, there is no way of knowing exactly how long a tire lasts or when you need new tires. There are many factors that come into play when it comes to the lifespan and mileage of a tire, dependent on:

  • It’s structure
  • Driving tendencies
  • Road conditions
  • The amount of care that's put into the tires

However, there are many indications to be aware of that prompt you to get new tires.

The fact of the matter is that the more wear and tear that a tire takes on, the more unsafe it is to drive on. The main functions of tread are to redirect water from beneath the tire, to improve traction and to avoid hydroplaning on wet roads. As tire tread wears down, it becomes less dependable. Tires become completely unsafe when they’re worn down to 1⁄16 of an inch. However, it is suggested you don't wait until that point to get new tires, especially when driving in adverse weather conditions.

How to Tell If It’s Time for New Tires

Did you know you can determine the condition of your tires for as low as one cent? Most commonly known as the penny test, you can test your tire’s tread by inserting your penny into various grooves along the tread. If the top of Lincoln’s head is showing when you put the penny in, that means that tread is low and your tires are unsafe. At this point you’ll want to seriously consider replacing your tires. On the other hand, if you can’t see Lincoln’s head, that means you have about 2/32 of an inch remaining before you need to think about getting new tires.

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Out of Your Control

Popularly known as the penny test, testing your tires treads will cost you a small amount of one penny. And the best part is that you get to keep the penny after! You’ll insert the penny into a tread groove and repeat this process for several tread grooves. The way that you know the tire tread are worn and unsafe is if the top of Lincoln’s head is showing. In this scenario, you will want to replace your tires as soon as possible. However, if part of Lincoln’s head is covered by the tread each time, then you have about 2/32 of an inch remaining and don’t need new tires as urgently.

Time for New Tires? Call Us Today!

If you have questions about new tires, tire repair, or whether you need a wheel alignment, please call our auto repair shop. Our tire techs are extremely knowledgeable when it comes to making new tire recommendations and handling tire repairs. For wheel alignments, we use state-of-the-art equipment and strictly adhere to your vehicle manufacturer’s alignment specifications. You can trust us to do right by you and your tires.