If a dog is a man’s best friend, then tires are a car’s best friend. As the only part of the vehicle that actually touches the road, they play a crucial role in the entire driving process. It’s easy to forget to maintain your tires, but if you allow your tires to become too old or worn, then you’re actually putting you and your passengers in harm’s way, and possibly paving the way for expensive repairs. To ensure that your car always has great tires, use the list below to watch for warning signs that your tires may be too old or worn.
- Be on the lookout for cracks or cuts in your tires’ sidewalls
- Tread Wear
- It’s important that your tire tread wear doesn’t become uneven. Causes of uneven tread wear can include driving with damaged tires, improperly inflated tires, bad wheel alignment and suspension issues. Regular maintenance visits to your mechanic (and occasional tire rotation) can help prevent uneven wear.
- Badly Worn Tread
- These days, most tires come with built-in tread wear indicator bars. If your tires have worn down to the indicators, you know it’s definitely time to get new tires. If your tires don’t have tread wear indicators, you can buy a tread wear gauge at your local auto parts store. Or you can always do the old “penny” trick.
- Tire Vibration
- If you notice your tires vibrating, this could be a sign of a wheel that’s misaligned, unbalanced or bent. It could also mean that you have a damaged tire. As soon as you notice tire vibration, take your car to the mechanic as soon as possible.
- Blisters and/or Bulges
- If you ever seen any blisters or bulges in a tire’s sidewall, replace that tire right away. Blisters and bulges can be indications of weak spots in your tire, which may eventually lead to tire failure. To protect yourself, your passengers and other drivers, avoid driving a car with blistered or bulging tires. Go straight to the tire store!
If you see one or more of the warning signs listed above, it may be time to replace your tires. Tire replacement can be expensive, but it’s worth it. Driving with less-than-optimal tires can lead to completely avoidable repairs: no one wants to pay thousands of dollars because of a car accident that was caused by worn tire treads which made it impossible to brake. For all your car, tire and auto repair needs, call L.D. automotive. We offer all-inclusive service across all major car brands and deliver only the best quality at a fair price.