Few things affect your car’s safety and performance more than the condition of its tires. Despite this fact, tires tend to be one of the most neglected components when it comes to auto repair and maintenance. Drivers often delay replacing old tires and fail to regularly check air pressure levels. Here are the answers to a few common questions about tire replacement:
When Should You Replace Your Tires?
Assuming that you have maintained your tires properly, the penny test is a simple method by which you can determine when it is time to replace your tires. In order to apply the penny test, simply place a penny upside down on your tire’s treads. If the top of Lincoln’s head is covered, this means that your tires have sufficient tread and do not need to be immediately replaced. Unfortunately, gauging the health of your tires is rarely this simple. Failing to regularly align or rotate your tires, for example, can lead to uneven wear. Uneven wear is not only dangerous—it forces you to replace your tires prematurely at great expense.
What Are the Hazards of Postponing Tire Replacement?
Postponing tire replacement poses many dangers. When your tires are “bald,” or without tread, they are more susceptible to blowouts and punctures. In addition, worn tires compromise your ability to maintain control for your vehicle. Automotive engineers use a figure called a traction coefficient to measure stopping distance. As your tire tread wears thin, the traction coefficient decreases and stopping distance increases. When your stopping distance is higher, it can be more difficult to avoid collisions and stay safe on wet or icy roads.
If you suspect that your tire treads are worn, do not put off tire replacement. While the prospect of spending money to replace your tires may not be particularly attractive, postponing replacement puts you and your passengers in danger. To learn more about the importance of tire maintenance, call Greulich’s Automotive Service & Collision at (480) 389-2358.