Figuring out when you should get your tires changed out can be a difficult decision. You have to consider how long you have had the tires on the car, how often you drive the car, how often the tires have been rotated, and whether or not they are high quality tires. Maybe it has been a couple of years but they seem to be working just fine. Perhaps the tread looks like it could last for some time, but you are pretty sure your tires are past their expiration. Continue reading to learn when and just how often you should get your tires changed out.
The risk with keeping old tires on your car is that your tread could wear down. Worn down tread means that you could be at risk of hydroplaning when it rains. This could lead to a possible accident which could put you, your family, other people, and your vehicle in danger. A worn down tire could also eventually burst which could also cause an accident and could cause you a big hassle trying to get the tire replaced wherever the tire burst. It is much better to simply get your tires changed out when they need to be replaced.
When To Get Your Tires Changed
The standard amount of time that we recommend starting to consider getting your tires changed out is four to six years after they have been put on the car. An auto shop, such as Paskett Auto, can check your tires and let you be sure when the time is right. However, it would be a good idea to start having a yearly check up for your tires around year four of having the tires on your car to ensure that your tires are faring well.
The way that you can personally check the age of your tires is to look at the wall of the tire. On the tire wall a manufacture date will be posted. If the date is more than six years old, then it is advisable to get your tires switched out.
Although it is typically recommended to get your tires changed out after six years, it may be necessary to change out your tires more frequently or earlier than six years if you drive your car more often than the average person. Typically a tire’s useful life is anywhere from 30,000 to 80,000 miles driven. And that depends on the brand and quality of the tires so it is important to check with your tire’s manufacturer or an auto body shop.
There are also a couple of telltale signs that will indicate that it may be time to get your tires changed. However, it is possible that these signs will be present at the same time, so if one of the signs presents itself, the safe bet would be to get your tires checked especially if you have had the tires on your car for some time.
One of the ways that you can check to see if your tires need to be replaced is to place a penny in the outermost groove of the tire. If you cannot see the top of Abraham Lincoln’s head, then your tread is okay. If you can see his whole head then it is time to replace the tires.
If you notice that there is wear or damage on the sides of the tires, then that can be an indication of more serious problems with your vehicle. Wear on the side of the tire can cause your tire to blowout which we have established as a big problem. Also pay attention to if your tires have rubbed down more on one side than the other. Uneven wear on the surface of the tread can mean that the vehicle is misaligned.
Do You Need To Change Out Your Tires
If you have realized after reading this article that you probably should get your tires changed out, consider letting us at Paskett Auto change them out for you. We have experienced and professional individuals working for us that can quickly, easily and efficiently get your tires changed out. We also offer all sorts of options of tires to pick from and can help advise you on which tires to choose based on your situation. To learn more about our services, contact us today!