Your vehicle needs tires that are in good condition, and unfortunately, tires don’t last in great condition forever. If it has been a while since you’ve had your tires checked, you could be putting yourself in danger on the road. As a driver, maintaining the quality of your tires begins as soon as you get them. Read on to learn about what healthy tires look like, and the signs that could mean it’s time that they are replaced.
We all know that we can’t drive without tires on the car, but driving with old tires isn’t good either. Every part of your car serves a purpose, but your tires are the only part of your car that have constant contact with the road. Having proper tires on your car can improve your fuel economy, handling, and your overall safety.
Risks of driving with worn tires can include issues when the weather conditions are good, but it can really put you at risk for problems when the weather is bad. Research from AAA showed that driving on relatively worn tires at highway speeds in wet conditions can increase average stopping distances by a staggering 43 percent, or an additional 87 feet — more than the length of a semi-trailer truck — when compared to new tires. With nearly 800,000 crashes occurring on wet roads each year, they recommend that drivers check tread depth, replace tires proactively, and increase following distances significantly during rainy conditions.
To prevent poor tire maintenance, you need to know what to look for. Premature tire wear, flat tires, and even blowouts are all possible if you’re not regularly inspecting your tires. If you’re a vehicle owner, renter, or driver in general, it’s important to remember what signs could mean you’re driving on worn tires. AAA explains the signs of wear to look out for:
At Scott’s Auto, we’re your one-stop-shop for tires and all of your auto repair needs. With our team of professionals, we can diagnose, service, and repair your tires using the latest in alignment and diagnostic equipment. Our vast knowledge base gives us the upper hand when it comes to getting new tires from one of the many brands we carry right here at Scott’s.