Tires are the only part of your car that comes in contact with the road, making it especially important to be sure they are in proper shape. That means you should regularly check and maintain them, and you should also know when to replace tires as well.
According to Michelin, you should always consider age. Tires that are older than five years will begin to break down, making them especially vulnerable to blow-outs. Consider buying new tires if yours have sat around for some time. After ten years, you could be risking your safety by driving.
Next, check your tires for uneven wear, bulges, or cracking. Uneven wear can actually be a sign that there is a problem with you vehicle’s alignment; nonetheless, the tires can’t provide proper stopping power in this condition. Cracking and bulges indicate the tire could burst at any moment, making it vital to get new tires.
Finally, check the tread depth. This is the most common way to determine you need new tires. Your tread should have at least 2/32” of tread—any less can be illegal in certain areas. If you don’t have a tread-depth indicator, use a penny. Flip it upside down in the tread—if anything above President Lincoln’s head is visible, you need new tires.
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