Your tires are one of the most important parts on your car, but can often be forgotten. A vehicle will go through several sets of tires in its lifetime. If you're wondering when it's time to get new tires, here are a few tips.

TREAD WEAR INDICATOR BAR

Tire manufacturers have started incorporating a simple solution to help determine when the tread is getting too low on a tire. Tread wear indicator bars run perpendicular to the tread. When your tires are brand new, you probably won't notice them at all, but as the tires wear down, they start to appear. If the bars are obvious, that likely means you need new tires. Look at this picture to see what they might look like.

PENNY TEST

The simplest way to tell if you need new tires will only cost you a penny. Stick a penny into the tread of your tires with Lincoln's head upside down. If you can see the top of Lincoln's head, your tread is less than 1/16th of an inch thick and you need to get new tires ASAP.

CRACKS

If the sidewall of your tires has visible cracks or cuts, it could be time for new tires. This can be caused by harsh weather, hitting the curb too many times, or improper inflation. If you see cracks, have your tires inspected.

VIBRATIONS

If your car is vibrating much more than usual, this could indicate a problem with your tires.

BULGING SIDEWALL

As your tire ages, it will start to weaken. This can cause blisters or bulges on the sidewall. These can be particularly dangerous and can cause a blowout while you're driving.
 







If you have any concerns about your tires, for your safety and the safety of those driving around you, don't hesitate to bring your car in to Nalley Chevrolet for a thorough tire inspection.