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How To Know When I need New Tires

Honestly, knowing the exact time of when you need new tires or trying to figure out a distinct time frame for how long your tires last is far-fetched. However, there are many indications to be aware of that prompt you to get new tires.

Quite simply, as a tire continues to take on more mileage it gradually begins to get more unsafe. The primary purpose of tread is to divert water from under the tire, to increase traction and to deter hydroplaning on slick roads. As tire tread adds on mileage, its reliability decreases. Tires become entirely dangerous when they’re worn down to 1⁄16th of an inch. However, it is recommended you don't wait until that point to get new tires, especially when driving in adverse weather conditions.

There are numerous elements that factor into the longevity and mileage of a tire, subject to:

  • The climate
  • It’s design
  • Driving habits
  • How you treat your tires
  • The road’s environment

The Penny Diagnostic

Testing your tires tread will cost you a small fee of one cent. This is commonly referred to as the penny test. It’s a small price to pay when it comes to your tires and safety. First, place a penny head first into different tread grooves throughout the tire. If the top of Lincoln’s head is continuously showing, it is likely that the treads are low and used up. If you find yourself in this situation, you will need new tires. Conversely, if part of Lincoln’s head is consistently enclosed by the tread, you most likely have more than 2/32 of an inch of tread depth left to work with.

How a Wheel Alignment Can Help Prolong the Life of Your New Tires

When your car’s wheels are out of alignment, your vehicle will suffer in several ways. First, your handling capability drops significantly. Also, your ability to turn in either direction is dramatically affected, and your car will likely struggle to drive in a straight line, as it is consistently pulling in one direction. All these factors can negatively impact the lifespan of your tires. If your wheels are out of alignment, your new tires will wear unevenly, which means you’ll have to get new tires again sooner, or you’ll need a tire repair. This adds considerable expense to the cost owning your car overall. Declining to get a wheel alignment when you get new tires can also lead to flat spots or even tire blowouts.

Our Auto Repair Shop Can Help with New Tires, Tire Repair & Wheel Alignment

When it’s time for new tires, call us! We can also help if you need a tire repair, or it’s been a while since your last wheel alignment. Our auto repair shop is honest and upfront when it comes to making tire recommendations. You can trust us to steer you in the right direction when it comes to tires, and we’ll take care of your new tire installation or tire repair as quickly as possible so you can get back on the road and back to your life.