While having good brakes is important, they won’t do much good if your tires are too worn. Balding tires can easily cause wrecks if you’re unable to slow down or stop. They also add an additional hazard with hydroplaning.
You can’t put just any tires on any vehicle. It’s critically important that your new tires be the right fit for what you drive and what you use your vehicle for. Despite recent advancements in longer-lasting tires, the actual life of tires varies based on vehicle type, tire type (not necessarily brand), driving aggressiveness, weather, and road conditions. Proper maintenance and responsible driving can maximize the mileage in a set of tires. We offer several different tire brands that you know and love.
How to know if it’s time for new tires
You may be familiar with the penny test, so here’s a quick refresher:
Tire tread for most vehicles’ tires (non-commercial) is about 10/32”; tire tread is measured in 32nds of an inch. You definitely need new tires when your tread is at about 2/32”. One way to determine this without equipment is to take a penny, Lincoln’s head facing down, and place it in the treads in multiple places around your tire. If you can see Lincoln’s full head, your tire has worn down to the point of needing to be replaced. If the tire covers his eyes or whole face, you’re ok for now! However, if one or all of your tires have a couple of worn spots, but others spots that are fine, it’s a pretty big indication that your tires are not wearing correctly which could be due to an alignment issue or a tire issue. Either way, you’ll need to bring your vehicle in for us to inspect. Our goal is to get you new tires when you need them and only when you need them. We will shoot straight with you and let you know if your tires will last a little bit longer and don’t need to be changed yet.
There are other signs to look for when it comes to needing new tires like balding, taking longer to come to a complete stop, or frequent skidding when the road is wet. Whatever makes you realize it’s time for new tires, we’ll be waiting and ready to help find the right ones and get them on your vehicle.