Wondering when to replace tires on your car that you’ve been driving on for years? You’re not alone, it’s a common question we often hear. It’s not always immediately clear if your tires need to be replaced, but there are a few key signs that indicate you should get a new set of tires right away.
When to Replace Tires: When Your Tires No Longer Have Any Tread
The tread on your tires is what gives your tires traction. If you have none of that tread left (or a very minimal amount) then you’re drastically reducing your ability to corner or just drive in wet conditions.
Don’t forget, each of your tires only ever has about a hand’s width of contact on the road, so good traction matters. No one should be driving what basically amounts to a slip ‘n slide.
The Tire Sidewalls Have Cracks or Gouges
Damaged tire sidewalls are not safe to drive on. Over time they will get worn down by snow, rain, and other elements, so it’s important to recognize cracks or gouges. Another way that these cracks can form is from tires that are out of alignment.
Driving with cracked or gouged sidewalls basically means flirting with danger since a bad sidewall can cause a tire blowout.
You Can’t Get Anywhere Without Your Car Shaking
First of all, it’s normal if your car experiences some shaking with regard to everyday driving on poorly paved roads. However, if it’s still shaking on recently paved highways then your tires might be the cause.
A root cause may be that the tires aren’t balanced properly or are out of alignment. It could also be a sign that the interior of your tires has an issue.
You’ve Been Driving on Your Spare Tire for More Than a Few Days
While your spare tire is good in a pinch, it’s only designed to be used as such. Get a replacement tire as soon as possible so your drive can get back to being as smooth as room temperature butter.
Having tires in good shape is crucial to your safety while driving. Stay safe using the aforementioned tips so you know when to replace tires that are toast.