How often do I need to get new tires?

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Whether you are trying to judge the health of a used vehicle before purchase or are considering new tires for your current ride, it is important to understand the warning signs that tires are near the end of their life. Find the top 3 signs that you need to buy new tires below.

3 Signs You Need to Buy New Tires

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Worn Tread

The tread on your tires is what helps to provide traction between the road and your vehicle. Without proper tread, your tire is prone to slip causing loss of control. Not all tread will wear at the same time. Getting regular tire rotation and alignment services can help your tread wear evenly prolonging your tire life. When the tread on any one of your tires gets below 1/16th of an inch, it’s time to replace your tires.

There are tire tread gauges for purchase but the most common way to measure tire tread is with a penny. Place the penny in one of the groves of your tire with Abe Lincoln’s head facing in towards the tire. If his head is covered by the tire tread, everything is looking good. If his head is not covered by the tire tread, it may be time to head to your nearest service center.

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Noticeable Cracks

Like worn tread, cracks in your tire can be obvious signs that things are wearing down. Check the side walls of your tire and if you notice any obvious cracks or even bulging or blistering, head in to your service center to get everything looked at. Leaving a cracked tire too long could result in a blowout and expensive towing and repairs.

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Age

Age is one factor of tire health and should be considered when deciding on when to purchase replacements, even with no obvious signs of wear and tear. Vehicle manufacturers and tire manufacturers should provide age limits for the tires on your vehicle. Consult your vehicle owner’s manual or your tire manufacturer to find the life span of your tires.

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