Most drivers jump in the car, turn the key in the ignition and go without considering the condition of the automobile’s tires and other operating systems. It’s important to be aware of the tell-tale signs of worn tires to stay safe on the roads. Roadway Insurance offers some tips for tire care and maintenance…
When To Replace?
Your tire’s lifespan is dependent upon the driver, climate, road conditions, and the design of the tire. A good rule of thumb is to have your tires inspected yearly after five years of use. After ten years of use it is recommended to replace tires even if they are not showing excessive use or damage. Maintain the tire’s air pressure and have them inspected during regular vehicle maintenance to ensure their longevity.
You will need to replace your tires if the tread is worn beyond the recommended tread depth levels. You can perform a visual inspection for damage– uneven wear, shallow tread, and obstructions such as rocks and nails are cause for concern. The penny test is a good indicator of tread wear. Insert Abe Lincoln’s head upside down into the lowest part of a tire tread groove. If you can insert part of his head into the groove, you are operating on safe tire tread. If not, contact a professional for further inspection.
In addition to inspecting your tires once a month, it is recommended to do so before a long trip. Much new technology in today’s automobiles can alert the driver of tire damage or low pressure. The way the car is performing is another good indicator. Vibrations and other disturbances may be recognized by the driver as a sign of wear. Unless you are equipped with a full sized spare, do not travel long distances on a spare as it will affect the performance of your car.
Don’t go out on the road without the proper auto insurance! Contact one of Roadway’s insurance specialists to get you out and on the road today!