Safe tires can be the difference between a pleasant weekend road trip and a frustrating crisis on the side of the road. The trick is knowing when to replace aging tires and when to let them be. Here are three professional tips to let you know when to spring for a new tire.
Pro Tip #1: Make Sure Your Tires Aren’t Expired
This is one of the most important facts about your tires (that too many drivers aren’t familiar with): your tires can expire long before you wear them out. You might be thinking “big deal”, and you’d be right. It is a big deal. Once tires reach their expiration date, they are much more likely to fail, even if the used tire company tells you they’re barely used. Always know the dates on your tires.
Pro Tip #2: Take a Look at the Sidewalls
You’ve probably been told time after time to check the threads on your tires, but how often do you check the sidewalls? Next time you make a pit stop, examine your wheels for sizable crack or ridges in the sidewall. If you spot these or large bulges in the tire, you tires could be in danger of failing.
Pro Tip #3: Examine the Treads
It’s a tale as old as time: tire treading gets worn down with use and diminishes maneuvering capability. While many drivers know to check their treads on occasion, it’s easy to forget. Take advantage of the classic penny test or (for newer tires) look for bar indicators along the edges of your treads. You know what to do if the treading is too worn down.