Knowing how and when to replace your tires is an important part of being a safe driver. Not only do worn tires increase the likelihood of a crash, but they can also do damage to your vehicle if left unattended for long enough. Never postpone changing your tires.
You should regularly check your tires, and have them rotated every time you go in for an oil change. Look for uneven wear patters, bulging, or cracks. These can all be dangerous signs. Rotating tires ensures even wear, largely because certain tires tend to wear out faster depending on where they are on the vehicle. Rotations increase the life of tires, and they also increase stopping power.
Tires are only useful if they have enough tread. One old trick to test tread depth is to place a penny upside down in the grooves. If you see above Abe’s head, it is time for new tires. While this rule-of-thumb has existed for years, it is not entirely accurate.
A tread depth indicator is the most accurate tool. You can find these at any auto parts store, as well as most gas stations. In the US, having less than 1/16-inch of tread is illegal (1.6 mm). However, you should change your tires before then if possible.
Another important thing to keep in mind is that tires are made of rubber compounds that deteriorate over time. It is essential to replace tires every six years, as older tires are structurally unsound. Generally, however, most drivers wear out the tread before then.
Why else should you change the tires? Some drivers prefer to change their tires seasonally. Winter tires offer added tread, special channels to divert water, and they are made from compounds to withstand cold weather. Buying winter tires doesn’t usually cost more money, because the tires you swap them out for will last twice as long. If all else fails, all-season tires are a solid choice for year-round use.
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