Never underestimate the importance of a good set of tires. Your tires mark the point of contact between the vehicle and the road beneath it; as such, they have huge consequences for your vehicle safety, traction, and handling.
But even a good set of tires isn’t going to last you forever. As you drive on those tires, they will inevitably take on some wear and tear. Keeping them properly inflated can extend their lifespan, as can having regular tire rotations. But eventually, you’ll need to get new tires installed on your vehicle. Doing so helps ensure optimal performance, and it also keeps you and your passengers as safe as can be!
But how do you know when the time is right for new tires? If you’re having your vehicle serviced by trained professionals on a regular basis, they should let you know when your tread is looking low and the time for tire replacement is nigh.
Additionally, we’d recommend being alert to the following indicators and warning signs, all of which make it pretty clear that your tires are about past their prime.
Signs You Need New Tires on Your Car
- Your car starts shaking. It’s perfectly normal for your vehicle to shake and shudder when you drive over rough or uneven terrain. However, if it’s shaking all the time, it probably means the tires themselves are going bad.
- The tread levels are uneven. Are you having your tires rotated on a regular basis… maybe twice a year or so? Doing so is an important way to ensure the tread is worn down evenly. If you’re not doing this, it can lead to problems, and your tires may need to be replaced sooner rather than later.
- You’ve been driving on a spare. We are fully in favor of having a spare tire handy, just in case you ever pop a flat. But spare tires are meant to be temporary solutions; you’re not supposed to drive on them for long! If you’ve had to install a spare tire, you should also make an appointment to have new tires put on ASAP.
- You see obvious damage. Do you see cracks or gouge marks in your tirewalls? That’s not something to take lightly. The integrity of your tires may be compromised, and we’d definitely recommend having an inspection from an experienced tire technician.
- You’re out of tread. Finally, if you let your tires get to the point where they are completely bald, that’s a huge safety risk. Please have your tires replaced well before they get to that point.
Take Care of Your Tires
It’s important to invest in a good set of tires… but even the most robust, high-quality tires aren’t going to last you forever.
We highly recommend keeping an eye on the red flags and warning signs listed above, as well as the tire maintenance tips we’ve provided.
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