Love may make the world go round, but tires have to come in a close second. For an item that we constantly rely on in our daily lives, few people take the time to make sure they are in good shape. Improper inflation or worn tread can do a lot more than just make your car harder to control. An explosive blowout in the wrong situation can easily cause a traffic collision and major injury.
If you are not sure if it’s time to replace your tires then you should keep these tips in mind:
- Treads are made for traction – They are designed to help you hug the road whether it is damp or dry and help you to avoid hydroplaning in extremely wet conditions. If your tread has become smooth, less than 1/16th thick, then it is unsafe to continue driving on them. You will need to have them replaced immediately.
- Use the built in tools to check tread wear – Most tires are built with bars in the tread. They form a bridge between the treads. When your tire tread has become worn enough to be flush with these little bridges then you need to replace the tires.
- Use the penny test – An old technique but it still works perfectly. Insert a penny into your tire tread with Lincoln facing you. Put him in head first. If you can see the copper above his head or even the top of his head then your tire needs replaced. If the top of his head is partially visible then you will need to replace the tires in the next few months.
- Get an opinion from the professional at a John Megel Service Center – Their expert mechanics can go over your tires and find any damage you may have missed. Plus, even if you decide to check your tires yourself, if you find damage and the tire needs replaced then you will have to take it to a John Megel Service Center for new tires anyway.