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When to Replace Your Tires to Avoid Disaster

When to Replace Your Tires to Avoid Disaster

A vehicle indeed needs a lot of parts to make it drive down the highway; however, four of the most important things are the tires on which it drives. Tires that are worn down, flat, unbalanced, and more can cause more issues than drivers may realize.

 

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), about 9 percent of all vehicle crashes are tire-related, and many could be prevented with simple tire maintenance. Here are a few tricks and tips to keep your tires rolling along as they should.

 

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Measuring Tire Tread Depth

 

The easiest way to determine if your tires are too worn down is to measure the tread depth. If tires are down to 4/32 inch of tread left, it is time to start shopping for new tires. Tires with this amount of tread still offer some grip for rainy and snowy conditions. However, they will need replaced sooner rather than later.

 

Determining the Age of Tires

 

Many factors wear down the tread of tires, including driving habits, weather conditions, road surfaces, and more. While the number of kilometres driven is a consideration in when tires need to be replaced, tire age is also a factor that should be considered.

 

Experts recommend that tires that are six years old or older should be replaced even if they have plenty of tread remaining. For drivers that are unsure how old their tires are, simply look at the tire's sidewall. There is a four-digit tire identification code imprinted there--the first two numbers represent the week of the year that the tire was manufactured while the last two digits are the last two numbers of the year when the tire was manufactured. So "1119" would indicate that the tires were manufactured in the eleventh week of 2019.

 

Even if there is more than 4/32 inch of tread left, tires manufactured more than six years previously should be examined by a mechanic to determine their usability and most likely should be replaced to minimize the risk of flats and blowouts.

 

Proper Care Lengthens a Tire's Lifespan

 

While tires do need to be replaced based on age and tread depth, taking proper care of tires while they are in use can lengthen the tires' lifespan. Drivers can increase their tires' longevity by maintaining the correct air pressure, performing regular tire rotations, and scheduling regular vehicle maintenance.

 

Regular tire rotations should occur every 8,000 kilometres, basically with every other oil change. Without rotation, tires may not wear evenly, which can have an impact on braking as well as traction on wet or slippery surfaces.

 

Tire pressure should also remain consistent because low tire pressure can cause unsafe driving conditions, as well as cause the tires to wear prematurely or lead to tire failure. Without regular rotation and consistent air pressure, tire replacement will need to occur more often than necessary.

 

Tires are one of the most important parts of a vehicle, and their health and longevity need to be monitored closely. Tire replacement should occur when the tires wear down too much or grow too old to be considered safe.

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