KNOW THE THREE MAJOR FACTORS: TREAD WEAR, EXPOSURE TO HEAT AND TIRE AGE – AND YOU’LL KNOW WHEN TO GET NEW TIRES.
WHY WORRY ABOUT TREAD WEAR?
It’s all about your safety. With good treads, your car will drive better on the road. When tire treads are worn, your vehicle may be unable to handle weather conditions like rain and snow. Worn treads can also make other parts of your car wear down faster. And remember – having insufficient tread is considered illegal in many states, so please check your tire tread regularly!
SUPER-EASY WAY TO CHECK YOUR TIRE TREAD
With President Lincoln’s head pointed down, insert a penny into the grooves on your tire tread. If any part of Lincoln’s head is hidden by the tire tread, your tires are fine. Otherwise, your treads are too shallow and it’s time to replace your tires.
HOW OLD ARE YOUR TIRES?
Regardless of tread wear, many vehicle manufacturers generally recommend that you replace your tires after six years. Most tire manufacturers recommend that you replace your tires at 10 years. Check the manufacturer’s recommendations on your specific tires.
WHAT HEAT CAN DO TO YOUR TIRES
Exposure to heat and the sun’s ultraviolet rays may cause structural changes to your tires. Actually, any extreme weather conditions — from cold temperatures, ice, and snow to heat — can combine with rocks, potholes and road conditions to wear down and damage your tires. That’s why we make sure to help you choose the right tire for your climate and season.