How to Know When It Is Time To Get New Tires

First of all, the main function of tread on a tire is to make sure that water that is under the tire is moved away for improved traction. Tires are no longer safe when they’re worn out, and this is usually when they reach 1/16th of an inch of tread.

Part of knowing when to change your tires is knowing what to look for. Many tires in the United States have tread wear bars, and these bars become flush with the tread when the tires need replacing. When you see this, you’ll know the tire is no longer safe to drive on.

You can also do something called a penny test. With this test, you place a penny in the spaces between the tread with President Lincoln facing you. Put this in the space near the thickest part of the tire. If you can see Lincoln’s head or any copper above it, replace your tires. If his hair is partially visible, you’ll need to consider getting tires soon. If the tread comes up past his forehead, your tires are still good, and you can continue to drive on them.

Alternatively, you can use a tread depth gauge to determine the same thing. You can download them online or buy a tool to check the tread depth.

You may also want to take your car in for repairs or adjustments if you see that the tread on your tires is wearing inconsistently. If your wheels are misaligned or the tires need rotated, you might see that one section is wearing out fast than the others and needs to be replaced.  If you are unsure about your tires do not hesitate to bring your car in to our Atlanta Car Dealership and have one of our service experts look at it.

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