Some people are very safety conscious and take the time to inspect their car for safety. Check their tires frequently for ware, or other potential problems a standard practice. But the vast majority of people don’t spend a lot of time thinking about what condition their tires may be in. Maybe it’s time we all take a look at our tires, or at least know what to look for to make sure they’re safe.
There are many factors that contribute to the wear of a tire. Even unused tires, like a spare can become worn over time. The rubber in a tire ages and is affected by things like temperature, loading conditions, and inflation pressure which can cause aging. Tires do have tread wear indicators that appear when the tires only have 2/32 inch or less of tread remaining but one must be aware of the factors that may render a tire unsafe.
Here are some warning signs that you may need to replace your tires:
· Tire cords are showing through the rubber
· The tread wear indicators are becoming visible around the tire
· The sidewall is visibly cracked, cut or gashed
· The tire has a bulge or other noticeable deformity
Most of these indicators can be spotted quickly with just a visual inspection. In the case of tire deformity, or damaged sidewall, the tire should be replaced as soon as possible.
Other factors that can cause your tires to wear faster are things such as your driving style and tire maintenance habits. If you drive fast and brake hard, it stands to reason that your tires will wear out a little faster. Driving more safely will also save you money on tire replacement cost going down the line.
Make it a habit to keep an eye on your tires. When you wash your car, try sticking a penny upside down into the treads of your tire. If you can see the top of Lincoln’s head, it’s time to consider some new tires.