When to Change Tires

Your tires are what keeps you connected to the road. If you're driving on tires with good tread and traction, you'll get to where you need to be, safely. If you wear the tires down, chances are that any amount of bad weather or a blown tire could put you in a dangerous situation. Below is a list of top signs you need a tire change.

Check Tire Tread

The tread on your tires are designed to move and direct slush, water and snow from between your tires and the road. As we drive, moving the gaining precipitation on the roads is impossible to do. The treads allow your vehicle to plow through the levels of water on the roadways to keep you moving. 

The easiest and most popular way to check the tread on your tires is the "Penny Test." Turn a penny upside down and place it in the tread of your tires. If you don't see President Lincoln's head, you have tire coverage. If you can see all of Abe's head, you need to have your tires replaced.

Newer tires are now coming with tread wear indicator bars. These lines will appear when the tread on your tires have gotten to a low enough level to suggest you should look at replacing your tires right away, before you run into trouble.

Tire Cracks and Creases

Another sign of bad tires are cracks, cuts and tracks on the sidewall. This is a sign that your tires may be developing a leak. This is also a sign that your tires may be ready to blow out, while you're on the highway en-route to the family trip you've waited months for. This could end in certain disaster that you are sure to want to avoid.

Also be on the lookout for bulges and blisters that extend outward from your tires. Just like the cracks and blisters mentioned above, bulges can lead to an easy blowout, placing you in jeopardy of danger when it does.

Though vibration is usually associated with tire imbalance, it is also a sign that there may be a structural defect with the tire that could lead to loss of control or a blowout.

Exposure to Elements and Tire Pressure

Exposure to the elements, though uncommon, may also influence the performance of your tires. Vehicles exposed to high heat and sun rays could alternate the internal structure of your tires, again, causing a blowout.

The final reason you'd want to consider changing your tires is due to age. Manufacturers recommend changing your tires every six years, considering none of the above have occurred.

Be sure to pay close attention to the condition of your tires. If anything looks or feels different than usual, schedule an appointment or visit your mechanic as soon as possible. Having bad tires on your vehicle could be the difference between a safe trip and disaster. Norm Reeves Acura has a large slection tires choose from so come down today.

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