If you are not a mechanic, it can be hard to choose what kind of tire is best for your vehicle. With many different options, how do you know when you need new tires? Let’s take a look at how to know when you need new tires and what to look for in new tires.
When to Replace Your Tires
Like many other states, Maryland law requires your tire to have more than 2/32 (or 1/16) of an inch of tread left on each of your tires. You can check your tire tread using a gauge. If you do not own a gauge, the easiest way to measure the tread was probably taught to you as a teenager. Stick a penny upside down into the tread; if you see Lincoln’s head, it is time to buy new tires.
Doing Your Research
When you first look for new tires, make sure you spend extra time researching how they tested for safety features. Your tires are your first defense against having an accident. Pay attention to braking, handling, and resistance to hydroplaning and winter traction. These tests can tell you if the new tires are right for your vehicle. Although most tires come with a 30,000 mile warranty, check the fine print to know how many miles your tire warranty comes with and what the warranty covers. Just as you do not buy a dated electronics or old fruit, you do not want to buy old tires. On the sidewall of your tire, you will find a serial number beginning with DOT for Department of Transportation. The last four digits of the number is the week and year, for example 5214 is the 52nd week of 2014. If a tire isn’t used for a long time, they can have dry rot. Check the number to make sure the tires aren’t more than a few years old.
Tire Failure Warnings
Tires play an important role in a car’s safety. So visually inspecting your tires is the best way of checking for some signs of trouble. Check for cuts, cracks, uneven tread wear, or blisters and bulges in the tire. These signs could mean your tires are failing and they should be replaced at once to avoid damage to your car and a potentially hazardous situation.
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