5 Signs You Need New Tires

by SpeedLux
car wheels and tires

You can’t overestimate the importance of your tires. They’re the only thing between your car and the road, and they determine how your car handles as well as your ability to get out of trouble. It’s unfortunate then that so many people aren’t mindful of whether their tires need replacing or not. So that you can protect you and your family while you’re on the road, here are a few indications it’s time to visit a Tire Outlet for new tires. 

1. They Fail the Penny Test

Your tires’ effectiveness is dependent on their ability to hug the road. To do so adequately, they’ll need traction. Thankfully, there’s a helpful test to help you determine if your tire treads are good enough, and it’s known as the penny test. Take a penny and put it head-side down between your tire treads. If Honest Abe’s head disappears, you’re fine. If you can still the top of his head, however, it means that the tire is too worn and needs to be replaced. 

2. Treadwear Patterns

Of course, just because a tire passes the penny test in one area doesn’t mean it can’t fail elsewhere. If you notice that the wear seems to be concentrated across one section of a tire, it may need to be replaced even if it’s a relatively new tire. If the wear is in the center of the tire, it’s because it’s been overinflated. If it’s relegated to the tire’s shoulder, it’s because it was under-inflated. Keep that in mind when you have a car tire change and you new tire should last longer.

3. Sidewall Cracks

If you see cracks along the sidewall, this is an indication that a leak is either happening or is imminent. Have a professional take a look at your tires to determine whether or not you need them replaced. 

4. Bulges

As bad as a flat tire, a blowout on the road is even worse. Usually you can spot a potential blowout before it happens. Look for blisters or bulges on your tire. These represent weak spots where a blowout is likely to occur. 

5. Vibrating Tires

You may not see tire damage, but you can often feel it. If you notice a lot of vibration when you drive, it could be because your shock absorbers are about to go or your wheels are unbalanced, but your tires could be the culprit as well. 

If you notice any one of these issues, the best thing you can do is to have your tires examined by an expert at a Tire Outlet.

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1 comment

Luke Smith July 29, 2022 - 6:58 am

It’s nice that you talked about how cracks along the sidewall of the tire means that a leak is either happening or is imminent. I noticed that the tires of our car got some cracks on it, and it is making me a bit worried about how long our current tires would last. Instead of worrying, I should probably just get a new set like autoxpress tyres.


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