Tire Replacement: What’s Necessary and What’s Not


You already know that good tires are key to safe driving, but how often do tires really need to be replaced? If you’re looking for car tires for sale, you probably already think you know the answer to this question, but consider the following.

– Do a visual inspection of the wear bars on your tires. Wear bars run perpendicular to the thread of the tire, and they are almost invisible when a tire is brand new. As the tire undergoes normal wear and tear, wear bars become more visible. Are your tires’ wear bars level to the tire tread? If so, it’s time to go shopping for new tires.

– Ever heard of the penny test? Grab a penny, turn it upside down, and stick it into the tire’s tread. If Lincoln’s head is covered up by your tire tread, you’re good to go. If you can see him easily, it’s time to replace your tires. Remember to repeat this test on all of your tires, as issues with your vehicle (such as improper alignment or infrequent tire rotation) could cause your tires to wear unevenly.

– It’s also key to do regular visual inspections of your tires. Do you notice any cracking or bulging? If so, it’s time to get your car looked at immediately- at that point, it’s unsafe to drive and you do not have the luxury of waiting to get new tires.