It goes without saying that your vehicle’s tires are one of its most important components. In addition to keeping you stable in good conditions, they’re your first line of defense during inclement weather. As such, it’s vital that you keep them in good shape. Thankfully, there are a few easy tricks and clues you can use to get an idea of when it’s time for new tires.
The penny test
The easiest and most well-known way to check your tires’ tread is by using everybody’s least favorite form of currency: the penny. It’s as easy as inserting the coin into several grooves across the tire with Lincoln’s head facing down. If you can see the top of his head over the tread, your tires are worn out and need to be replaced.
Take note of how often you need air
There are tons of factors that can impact how often your tires need to be topped off with air, but if you notice that you’re making trips to the pump more often than usual, it could mean that you have a small puncture or significant wear you haven’t seen yet. If it’s the former, you might be able to get it patched. If it’s the latter, it’s time for new tires.
Know your tires’ age
Most vehicle manufacturers recommend that you replace all four of your tires every six years. If you stay on top of this routine, you may be able to avoid a costly accident in the future.
If you’re ready for a fresh set of tires, or want a professional opinion, set up an appointment with the service department at Rivard Buick GMC.