Tires serve a vital role in your personal safety and your vehicle’s performance, yet for whatever reason people tend to think that they can keep driving without ever having to change tires until it’s too late.
Since tires are the only component making contact with the ground, they are prone to endless damaging situations. Driving on worn tires increases the risk for poor input response, which can lead to major accidents.
Handling, steering, and braking are all directly tied to the quality of your tires. Poor tire performance equates to poor vehicular performance and a higher risk of losing control.
In order to preserve your safety, and the safety of others, paying close attention to your tires’ age and tread are promising indicators on whether or not you should get new tires.
Checking Your Tires’ Expiration Date
Checking your tires’ expiration date is the first way to gauge your tires’ lifespan.
Tires are typically expected to last around 45-75,000 miles. What does that equate to in years? Well, it depends on how much driving you do on a regular basis.
To some, this could be two years, while others were closer to eight. On average, however, most people are looking at about six years.
While it can also be common for tires to last longer than that, we do not recommend for them to be driven on for more than 10 years. Regardless of your vehicle’s quality, tires can age and require replacements, even when they have not been driven on much. Rubber weathers away simply due to the environment around your vehicle.
Printed on your tires’ sidewalls is a 16-digit tire identification number. The last four digits represent the tire’s age by detailing the week and year of its manufacture (for example, “1219” would signify the 12th week of 2019).
Inspect Your Tires’ Tread
Inspecting your tire tread is the second option for determining the quality of your tires. When tire tread reaches 2/32 of an inch, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recommends replacing the tire. Furthermore, many tires have tread wear indicators that become visible when the tread wears down. They will create noise while driving to prompt you to check your tires.
Uneven tread wear is another sign for tire replacement. If you notice tire tread indicators are visible in some spots but not in others, your tires have unevenly worn down and require replacement.
Tires can unevenly wear down due to improper inflation and failing to ensure your vehicle’s alignment and suspension are in order. If you experience problems with handling and/or excessive vibration, consider checking your tire tread.
Observe For Physical Damage
Lastly, if you can observe physical damage to any of your tires, such as punctures, bulges, blisters, cuts, and/or cracking, a replacement is most certainly necessary. Consider making a habit of regularly scanning your tires for visible damage.
This doesn’t have to be every day, but every couple of weeks is best. It would only take you a minute at most and it ensures that your lives are not put at unnecessary risk. We can all afford to spend 60 seconds, right?
Maintain Your Tires With These Tips
Maintaining your tires in tip-top shape is crucial to your safety. A tire’s age and tread thickness are two easy ways to determine when to replace your tires.
You can also check the expiration date of your tires by acknowledging the manufacture date so you get an indication of your tire’s expected lifespan.
Closely monitor the tire tread for proper thickness while also looking for tread wear indicators, like cracks or bubbles. Excessive vibration and difficulty handling your vehicle are other signs that can alert you to replace your tires.
Indicating problems with your tires could save your life and the lives of drivers around you. Be safe and replace your tires, schedule your service with Westland Auto Sales today!