Warning Signs You Need New Tires
By: Good2GoPublished: November 30, 2016
Think of how worn out you sometimes feel after taking a long walk or jog. Your feet are killing you, and you just want to rest. The tires on your car are similar to your feet because they too get worn down every time you drive. Even if you are a good driver, replacing you tires at some point is unavoidable. If you choose to ignore the warning signs that your tires need to be changed, you’re risking a dangerous blowout that puts yourself and other drivers at risk. Although most mechanics will let you know when you need to replace your tires, there are some things you can look for to help avoid a disaster.
Low tread on your tires
Tread on your tires should never fall below 1/16 of an inch, or more if you frequently drive on wet roads. It’s easy to buy a gauge to measure the depth of the tire, or you could just use a penny. You can insert a penny into the tread, and if Lincoln’s entire head is still visible, then you know your tire doesn’t have enough tread and needs to be replaced. Some newer cars even have tread wear indicator bars built into them. As the tread wears down, flat rubber bars begin to appear.
Bulges or cracks on the outer surface
Your tire can bulge or crack on the outer surface when it begins to weaken. Low tire pressure can lead to deflation, and your tire will bulge at the sides. These spots can cause a sudden blowout if they go unnoticed. If you do see the outer surface of your tire has any bulges or blisters, take your car to the mechanic immediately.
Too much vibration
You’ll probably feel a small amount of vibration when you’re driving, especially if the road you’re on isn’t smooth. Still, you generally can feel when something isn’t right with your car. Too much vibration can be caused my misaligned tires, or by shock absorbers that aren’t working properly. It can also mean that there is something internally wrong with your tire.
Sudden temperature changes
Tire pressure drops in colder weather, and in the summer excessive heat can build up in the tire. Before heading out on any long trips, check your tire pressure to avoid any blow outs. Keep in mind that tires deflate at a rate of nearly one pound per square inch per month. You can check your tire pressure and use the air pump for free at most gas stations. Always set the tire pressure to the automakers recommended PSI, which is usually located on the driver’s side doorjamb.
It’s easy to prevent a major blowout on the highway if you regularly get your car checked by a mechanic and schedule monthly tune-ups. Protecting yourself and others when you get behind the wheel is important. That’s why Good2Go provides affordable, minimum coverage auto insurance to those in need. For your free, no-obligation quote, visit www.good2go.com today.