Maintaining a vehicle is important for the safety and well-being of the owner and other drivers on the road. A recent survey, however, showed that 77% of cars on the road needed some type of repair, with 18% containing low or contaminated brake fluid and 15% containing inadequate power steering fluid. One reason many people are not taking their cars to auto repair shops as frequently as they should is that they are unaware of signs of distress coming from their cars. One area in particular that is often neglected are the tires. But how do you know when to buy new tires? Keep an eye out for the following signs that indicate it’s time for a tire change.
When to Buy New Tires
- Tire Treads – The treads on tires are meant to keep your car from skidding all over the road. When they wear down, they lose their ability to do this. The depth of treads should never be less than 1.6 millimeters.
- Indicator Bar – Newer tires have an indicator built into them that tells when it is time for new tires. This indicator bar isn’t visible at first, but as the treads wear down over time, the bar will start to show, indicating that you need to switch out your tires.
- Cracks – Look for cracks in sides of your tires as another sign that they need to be changed. Large cracks can be very dangerous as they can mean the tire is about to blowout. If you notice cracks, make sure to get rid of the tire immediately.
- Bubbles – Bubbles and bulges indicate a weak spot in the tire, and, like cracks, can mean the tire is about to blow out. If your tire blows out while you’re driving, especially on the highway, you and other drivers could suffer serious injuries.
- Vibrations – Tire vibrations can mean anything from misalignment to old shock absorbers. It can also be a sign of internal tire damage. If you notice vibrations in your tires while you’re driving, make sure to have it checked out.