Help yourself stay safe behind the wheel this winter by learning when to replace all-season tires. These tires are designed to last longer than their seasonal counterparts because they wear evenly in both wet and dry conditions, among other features like low rolling resistance. Yet much like regular tires, all-season tires still bald eventually. Balding tires severely compromise driving safety because they offer little to no tread. This makes it very difficult for tires to grip the road, which is especially hazardous in wet or snowy conditions.
Review the following information on when to replace all-season tires to enjoy a safer driving experience.
Tires generally last about 50,000 miles, but this depends on factors such as road conditions, the kind of tires used, and how often you operate your vehicle. Most auto manufacturers recommend replacing tires after about six years. The age of your all-season tires is featured on the sidewall. Look for a code starting with ‘DOT.’ The last four digits of the code indicate the week and year of tire production. For example, a 2112 code means the tires were made in the 21st week of 2012.
“Bubbles” or bulges on all-season tire sidewalls are a sign that replacement is necessary. Sidewall bulges mean a tire’s rigid internal frame has cracked or sustained other damage that allows air pressure into the product’s outer layer. It is often caused by driving over a curb or pothole. Bulges compromise structural integrity and significantly increase the possibility of tire blowouts.
Remaining aware of all-season tire tread is arguably the most important replacement factor. The classic quarter trick lets you know whether it’s time for a replacement. Simply place the coin in between tire tread with Washington’s head facing down. If you can see his hairline, you need to replace your all-season tires. You may also use a tread depth gauge or indicator tool to assess the depth of tire tread.
Discuss more tips on when to replace all-season tires with the friendly team at Briggs Tire Service. The Livonia, NY-based tire company has proudly served Genesee, Ontario, Monroe, and Livingston counties for over 40 years. Learn more about wheels and tires by calling (585) 346-3041 or visiting their website today. Like the tire service on Facebook for additional tips.