How to Tell When You Need New Tires

2020 Honda Civic | Fayetteville, NC

The condition of your tires can affect your car’s handling, traction, stability and braking. Because tires get worn down over time, it’s important to know how to tell when you need new tires. These are some warning signs that can help you detect when new tires are needed.

Do the Penny Test

One of the best ways to tell if your car needs new tires is to do the “penny test.” Simply take a penny and insert it with Lincoln’s head down. If you can see the top of Lincoln’s hair, then your tire’s tread is too low, reducing its ability to provide you with the traction you need while driving. That means you need to replace the tire.

Consider Your Tires’ Age

Whether your tire tread passes the Penny Test or not, if your car is between six and ten years old, then you should consider replacing all four of your tires. Check your manufacturer’s recommendations for when your specific tires should be changed over to ensure you’re driving on safe tires.

Check Your Tires Over

Bulges, cracks, and bumps are all signs that you need new tires. These symptoms signify that your tire’s outer surface is weakening, which could lead to a sudden tire blow out.

If your car needs maintenance, tire – focused or otherwise – you can trust Bryan Honda’s service department to take care of your ride.

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