Car maintenance can get expensive, and one of the costlier replacements you’ll need to make is changing the tires. While regular maintenance will help them last longer, all tires will eventually need to be replaced. To help you stay safe on the road, it’s vital that you know when tires need replacement.
The Dangers of Driving on Worn Tires
We all either know or have been that person driving on bald tires, hoping to make it just a little bit longer until the money is there to replace them. But doing so is putting yourself, your passengers, and others on the road at great risk. Below are just some of the risks you face when driving on worn tires:
- You are more likely to hydroplane. The grooves in tires are designed to help direct water away from the tire in addition to providing a quality grip on the road. As these grooves wear down, they are less effective, making it more likely that you will hydroplane.
- Bald tires generate more friction. The groves ensure that there is not constant contact with the road, while bald tires do not. This increased friction further wears down the tires, generates heat, and is likely to cause a blowout.
- Worn tires are more likely to lose air. Poorly inflated tires are harder to steer on and can damage other parts of your car due to the unevenness they cause. It can also hurt your gas mileage, driving up your fuel costs.
- Thick treads make it harder for debris to hurt the tire. As such, bald tires and worn tires are more likely to suffer punctures and other problems that can cause flats and blowouts.
Maintenance Extends the Life of Your Tires
The best way to keep your tires in good shape for longer is to rotate them. Your user manual should guide you on when to rotate the original tires on your car; if you have already replaced your tires once, you should have been advised as to how often they must be rotated at the time of purchase. Tires should be rotated at least every six months, or every 7,500 miles driven. To help you remember, rotate them at every oil change.
Signs That Your Tires Need to Be Replaced
If you have had your tires for a while, you need to regularly check them for signs of needing replacement. The top indicators that you should replace your tires are:
- Bulges, gouges, or cracks in the tire; these are most likely to be found in the sidewall.
- Significant tread wear; a good trick to determine this is to grab a penny and stick it into the treads with Lincoln’s head facing down into the tire, and if you can see the top of his head, you need to replace your tire immediately.
- Tires deflate quickly; while some loss is normal, if you are inflating your tires even once a month, something is wrong.
If you notice any of these signs, it’s time to replace your tires. For the best results, this should be done in pairs or all four tires at once to ensure even wear.
Still, Blowouts Happens
And if one happens to you, call NK Towing. We can help you replace your tire or tow your car, allowing you to get off the road and somewhere safe. We offer our service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so we are always here for you. All you need to do is give us a call.