Driving is a serious business. One of the biggest things people overlook when it comes to car safety is their tires. An insufficient tread depth will decrease traction and could result in some slippery turns on those winding Bucks County roads. So here’s what you need to know when you need new tires.
When To Replace Tires
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Why do tires wear down? There are three major factors: regular wear, Age and Exposure to the elements. The treads of a tire are what give you traction, but both front and back tires wear down over time as you drive. Also, the rubber tires are made of will begin to degrade overtime regardless of mileage. Even if it’s just sitting on a shelf, rubber dries out and becomes brittle (like an old rubber band). Sunlight’s UV rays and harsh driving conditions can increase this process.
Signs Of Tire Wear
Before you look for new tires for sale be sure to try an easy test you can perform anywhere. It’s called the penny test (and it does help you save money!). If your tires seem to be worn, take a penny and put it upside down between the treads with the image of Abraham Lincoln facing you. If the top of Lincoln’s head is visible you unfortunately need new tires.
Do I Have To Buy New Tires?
The distance from the top of the penny to Lincoln’s head is roughly 4/32 of an inch. Tires with tread at 4/32 and below significant traction loss. Legally in Pennsylvania, you have to get new tires if the tread is 2/32” or lower. With four small patches of rubber being the ONLY part of your car keeping you on the road Frank’s Servicenter recommends tire replacement at 4/32 for safety’s sake. Also, you should replace your tires if they are six years or older.
Get The Most From Your Tires
The best way to save on new tire costs is to extend the life of your current tires with regular maintenance. A tire rotation every 5,000 to 6,000 miles, rebalancing your tires every 10,000 to 12,000 miles and an annual wheel alignment will maximize your tire life and help you save down the road.
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Can My Tires Be Repaired?
A road hazard - like a nail - and other punctures the tread of your tire can be repaired easily. Any damage to the sidewall of a tire requires a replacement. Also, if your tire’s tread depth is below 2/32” it cannot be repaired.
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