Changing your tires is an important task in order to help keep your car running properly as well as to help keep you safe. But, who actually knows when the proper time to change your tires is? So, here are some tips and tricks to help you determine if it is time for you to replace your tires.
For starters, there is a visual check. Wear bars run perpendicularly to the treads of the tire. The bars become increasingly visible with wear and tear. When the wear bar is even with the treads, it is time to look into some new tires.
Another visual check is to look for cracking, bubbles, or bulges. When tires are exposed to extreme use or weather conditions, cracks begin to show up on the rubber. Once you begin to notice a decent amount of cracking or even splintering, you should talk to a service shop. Cracks, bulges, and bubbles on the tire sidewalls are a sign to get your vehicle into professional right away.
There is also the tried and true penny trick. Put a penny in the tread of the tire with the top of the Lincoln’s head going into the tire. Your tires need changing if Lincoln’s head is visible. Your tires are fine if Lincoln’s head is covered by the treads.
Tires also have an expiration date, unbeknownst to most of us. Pretty simple, your tires need replaced if they are past their date.
A good time frame for you to go by, if you are more of a numbers oriented person, is six years. It is recommended to have your tires changed every six years on a car that sees average, daily use. At a minimum, have your tires checked by a service shop in the six year time frame.