How do you know when you need new tires?

A sad, yet often forgotten, reality is that your car tires become worn over time and will eventually need to be replaced. But how exactly do you know when you need new tires? Below are some questions you should ask yourself to determine if you need new tires.

How Deep are the Treads? The depth of a tire’s tread should never be less than 1/16th of an inch. If you frequently drive on wet or icy surfaces, the depth of the tread should not be below 1/8 of an inch. You can buy a special gauge to measure the depth of your treads or you can save some time and try the penny trick (directions in the video below).

Are the tread indicators showing? Most new tires come with a neat feature to help you determine the wear on your tires called tread wear indicator bars. These rubber bars are flat and rest perpendicular to the direction of the tire tread. They are nearly invisible on new tires but they gradually start to appear as the tire wears down.

Do you notice any tire irregularies? Inspect sidewall of the tires for any grooves or cracks. These could indicate air leaks and could eventually result in a blowout. Also look for any blisters or bulges on the tire. These weak spots can also cause a blowout.

If you’re looking for new tires, check out the tire shop at Saline Automotive Service today. Click here for more information about our tire service.