Tires keep your car balanced and help it grip the road. Unfortunately, because they’re made out of rubber, they’re susceptible to wear and age-related decay. To give your car the best contact with the road and prevent unexpected failure, it’s important to recognize the signs that your tires need to be replaced. Use the guide below to assess your current set.
3 Signs Your Tires Are Worn Out
1. Blistering or Cracking
As tires are exposed to weather and temperature fluctuations, the expansion and contraction begin to put stress on the rubber. Over time, this manifests itself as cracking and blistering. If they advance far enough, they may be accompanied by bulges near the cracks. At this stage, you should seek immediate tire replacement, as the pressure exerted on the tire may cause tire failure
2. Worn Tread
Tread helps your car grip the road and redirects water so that you maintain control, even in wet weather. Once they’re completely worn, your tires are “bald,” and you shouldn’t be driving on them. As an easy gauge for tire wear, use the penny test. Insert a penny upside down into the tread; if all of Lincoln’s head is showing, it’s time for a replacement.
To determine whether your car is pulling, start driving in a straight line and slightly let go of the wheel. If the car moves left or right, it may be a sign of improper alignment or low tire pressure. While these problems can be corrected if caught early, long-term misalignment may lead to uneven tread wear and squealing tires, which may require a full replacement.
If you need a new set of tires at a reasonable price, look no further than Davis Tire in Chillicothe, OH. In addition to tire replacements, repairs, and rotations, they also offer auto maintenance such as oil changes, brake service, and suspension upkeep. To learn about their full range of services, visit their website. To schedule an appointment, call (740) 774-3363.