4 Signs Your Vehicle Needs New Tires

December 18th, 2019 by

Tire Maintenance

As a vehicle owner, it’s your responsibility to ensure that your car is carefully maintained. Not only does having this mindset protect the investment you have made in your car and lengthen its lifespan, but it also provides for the safety of you and your passengers. Therefore, a key component in vehicle maintenance centers on your car’s tires. In fact, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), failure to pay attention to tire maintenance results in an average of 11,000 traffic accidents annually. So, to avoid a collision or getting stranded on the side of the road, watch out for these signs that your vehicle needs new tires.

How Do You Know if You Need New Tires?

Your tires are over 5 years old.  

A general rule of thumb says that the lifespan of most tires is about 5 years give or take some time depending on how often you drive and how far. 

Lack of use doesn’t mean the tires are okay. 

Keep in mind that just because you don’t drive often doesn’t mean that your tires don’t need to be changed. Rubber has a lifespan and can wear out even when it isn’t in use. The tires might look like they are in good condition, but if they are 10 years old or more, they could still need to be replaced in order to avoid a blowout.

Try the “Lincoln Head” trick. 

Pertaining to most tires manufactured in the United States, you can discover if the tread is worn by inserting a penny headfirst between the raised section of the tire. Some of Abe’s head should be covered but if you can see the top that means it’s time to replace.

There are issues with tire pressure.  

It’s normal for a drop or rise in temperature to have an affect on tire pressure. What isn’t normal is when a tire is not able to keep pressure on a consistent basis and you are constantly filling it up with air. This likely means that there is a slow leak from a hole so small that you will never identify where it is to patch it up, and the tire needs to be replaced.

Replace Your Tires in West Palm Beach, FL

No one wants to experience tire failure. So do your due diligence and ensure your tires get proper care and attention. If you have any questions or are ready to schedule an appointment for tire service, reach out to the tire center at Schumacher Volkswagen of West Palm Beach today.