Good Tires Are Critical
Your tires do more than move your car… They stabilize your car at highway speeds, protect your vehicle from potholes and other road issues, offer safety from weather-related road issues like rain and snow, help stop your vehicle (along with your brakes), and offer a comfortable interior space free of noise and constant small bumps in the ride.
Old or bad tires can harm you, and others on the road.
How do you know when you need new tires?
The key to maintaining good tires on your vehicle, is staying on top of just three things: the tread wear, the age of your tires, and exposure to the elements.
One of the easiest ways to check tread wear on a tire is with the Penny Test.
Just grab a penny and place it, head-first, into several tread grooves around your tire.
If you see the top of Lincoln’s head, your treads are shallow and worn, and your tires need to be replaced.
If part of Lincoln’s head is always covered by the tread on your tire, you have more than 2/32 of an inch of tread depth remaining. This means you don’t need to replace it just yet.
Check multiple spots on each tire. Alignment and balance issues may cause a tire to wear unevenly. If you mostly see Lincolns head, replace the tire.
Check all of your tires. An alignment issue on your vehicle may cause them to wear unevenly.
Why Does Tread Depth Matter?
The most important reason to worry about the depth of your tire tread is safety. With good treads your car will grip the road better. When tire treads are worn, your car may respond poorly in wet or snowy weather. Also, having insufficient tread is illegal in many states. Finally, driving on tires with worn treads can make other parts of your car wear out prematurely. Remember, your tires protect your car from road hazards like potholes.
How old are your tires?
Regardless of the tread wear on your tires, vehicle manufacturers generally recommend replacing all tires after six years from the tire’s production date. If you put a lot of mileage on your car, you’ll probably do this more often, but there’s a reason they recommend not waiting more than 6 years. Tires break down over time! At about the six year mark, you’ve probably outlived your tires. But ‘probably’ isn’t safe. Check the manufacturer’s recommendations on your specific tires (and the wear on your treads).
Exposure to the Elements
For many people, their vehicles are outside most of the time. That means your tires are exposed to heat and the sun’s ultraviolet rays. Over time, these elements may cause structural changes to your tires. These changes are not usually a concern in moderate climates, but in sunny locales like Florida, it means your tires will not last as long.
When it’s time to change your tires, Europa Auto wants to make the process as easy as possible. We have the best selection of quality tires to fit your vehicle, budget, and driving style. From economy tires to ultra high performance tires, we’ve got the size you need from the brands you trust. Come in and see us and we’ll match our expert knowledge with your vehcile’s needs for the perfect tires.