Is it time for you to get new tires for your car? If your car hasn't been handling properly and it's been a while since you've gotten new tires, you may want to get them checked as soon as possible. Here are some fast ways you can figure out whether your tires might need an update.
Use the Penny Check
Slide a penny in between the treads of your tires with Lincoln's head pointed towards the tire. Honest Abe will tell you exactly what you need to know about your tire's tread. If your tire's tread covers part of Lincoln's head, you're fine for a few more miles. But if your tire's tread doesn't touch Lincoln's head, your tire's tread is far too shallow.
Tire treads are designed to grip the road and make it easier for you to maneuver as you drive. The more shallow they are, the less grip they are; it's like running in shoes with flat soles.
Look at Your Mileage
Tires are rated for a certain number of miles. If you aren't sure whether it's time to get new tires, look at the mileage that your tires are certified for and then look at the mileage that you've covered since you got them changed. If they're getting close to their maximum mileage, they may still be about ready to be replaced even if they still have a tread on them.
Likewise, tires can age prematurely if you're constantly driving over difficult terrain or on hot roads. Even if you "just got" your tires, they may still be worn down enough that you need to get them replaced.
Check for a Wear Indicator
If you have newer tires, you may have an indicator bar somewhere on your tires themselves. There are bars that will eventually reveal themselves as your tire tread wears down; these are supposed to indicate when you need to change your tire. These tend to be more reliable than the old-fashioned penny test because they are made by the manufacturers.
Do a Visual Inspection
As noted, it isn't just the tread that you have to watch out for; it's also the general degrading of your tire. Look for cracks along the walls of your tires or bulges and blisters along the surface of the tire. These are especially common if you live in a hot climate. If your tires are showing visible signs of wear, you may need replacements.
If you do need new tires, it's best to get them as soon as possible. Using worn tires on your vehicle can eventually lead to an accident, as your car won't be able to grip the road as tightly as it should -- and could suffer a blow out at high speeds. Contact Hometown Chevrolet today to check! The experts at Hometown can figure out whether you need new tires and can set you up with the right tires for your car.