Finding the Best Time to Replace Your Tires

Woman changing a car's tire while sitting on a tire

Whenever you need to go somewhere your car is there for you. You want to make sure that you are taking good care of your car so it can last for years to come. The worst thing that could happen is when you're driving and you hit a pothole causing a hole in your tire. What if you could prevent the inevitable by knowing when to replace your tires? Well, guess what? You can. We’re going to give you some tips on when is the best time to replace your tires so you don’t find yourself waiting on the side of the road when your tire pops. Let’s get started!

Why Should You Replace Your Tires 

Driving on damaged tires is a safety hazard, end of story. You can put yourself and your passengers in serious danger if you are driving on damaged tires. It’s just not worth putting yourself and others at risk. Stop putting it in the back of your mind and get your tires replaced if you need to. We’re sure you like keeping your car cleaned by vacuuming your car with a car vacuum for your passengers. Make sure that your car is safe for your passengers by getting your tires replaced if you need to. 

Man reaching for a tire from a rack of tires

When Should You Replace Your Tires 

Sometimes it can be hard to tell when you should replace your tires. Here are some factors you should think about to determine if you need to replace your tires: 

Tread Wear

  • With good treads on your tires, your car will be able to grip the road better. Worn treads can make other parts of your car wear prematurely. In addition, worn tires can respond poorly to adverse weather conditions, like rain or snow, making them dangerous to drive on. Having insufficient tread is considered illegal in many states because it is a major safety hazard. You can tell how your tread is doing with a penny to see if your tires are safe or not. Place a penny head first into several tread grooves across the tire. If you always see the top of Lincoln’s head, your treads are shallow and worn and need to be replaced. If part of Lincoln’s head is always covered by the tread means you have more than 2/32 of an inch of tread depth remaining. This means that you probably don’t need new tires just yet. 

Exposure to Elements 

  • Continuous exposure to heat and the sun’s ultraviolet rays may cause structural changes to your tires. These changes don’t usually happen in moderate climates. Still take some caution and check to make sure that your tires are still holding their shape.  

Excess Vibration 

  • You shouldn’t ignore when your vehicle is making unusual vibrations on freshly paved roads. This can cause damage to your tires or indicate to you that there are problems with your tires. Excess vibration is your sign to go and get a new tire. 

Tire Age

  • Take a moment to think about how old your tires are. Vehicle manufacturers usually recommend that you replace your tires every six years. Check with your car’s manufacturer to see what they recommend for your specific tires. If your tires haven’t been replaced in ten years, you should get new tires. No matter if they seem to be in usable condition and have not worn down the tread wear, you should replace them. 

Factors that Cause Damage to Your Tires 

As you drive around town, you need to make sure that your tires are not getting unnecessary damage in the process. Here are some things to think about to protect your tires while you’re out on the road: 

Physical Factors 

  • Age 
  • Wear and damage over time 

Road Conditions 

  • Potholes 
  • Obstacles 
  • Curbs 
  • Sharp objects 
  • Speed bumps 

Climate 

  • Extreme temperatures 
  • Rain, snow, and ice 
  • Strong sunlight and ozone 
  • Oil or grease on the road 

Driving Habits 

  • Quick starts and constant emergency braking 
  • Driving on damaged roads 
  • Speeding 
  • Failure to notice changes in your chair and getting it checked 

Neglecting Basic Tire Maintenance 

  • Air pressure 
  • Not checking wear or damage 
  • Forgetting to wash the rims of your car with a wheel brush 
  • Not balancing tires after they are installed 
  • Improper tire storage 

Improper Car Usage 

  • Using summer tires on snow and ice 
  • Using wheel and rim sizes that are not compatible 
  • Reinflating tires that have been flat 

Final Thoughts 

Proper care of your tires will expand your tire’s lifespan. You can increase your tire’s longevity by maintaining proper air pressure, performing regular rotations, and vehicle maintenance. Don’t push off replacing your tires when signs are showing that you should trash them. Again, it is a safety hazard to drive on tires that are damaged. Make sure that you are keeping yourself and fellow drivers safe by keeping your car’s tires up to date. 

Contributing Writer: Madeline Collins