How to Know if You Need New Tires

Need New Tires

Worn-out tires are a danger to both you as well as other drivers. A blow flat could leave you spinning or cause damage to another vehicle and dealing with either problem, let alone both, is a headache. Tire failure causes around 11,000 crashes each year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Here’s how to tell if you need new tires from us here at Morristown Ford.

  • Deformities – Look over your tires at least once a month for any deformities or abnormalities. The most obvious signs you need new tires come in the form of cracks, bulges, and gouges. If you spot any deformities, it’s time to take your car into the dealership.
  • Tread Wear – If you drive a lot or your tires are a few years old, a sure way to tell if you need new tires is to check the tread. Most modern tires have wear bars—bits of rubber woven in at a specific depth. If you can spot the wear bar, there’s no doubt about it; you need a new set of tires.
  • Vibrations – Unbalanced tires can cause vibrations in the steering wheel and under the seats. While not an immediate threat, unbalanced tires will wear faster than balanced tires. Head to the dealership to have your tires re-balanced and put off paying for a new set.

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