At Springdale Automotive, we cannot stress enough how essential tires are to your vehicle's safety. Not only is driving with worn, bald, or damaged tires a safety hazard, but they can also reduce fuel efficiency and increase stopping distances. Some people just don't know when it is time for a new set of tires. If you're one of those individuals, keep reading to learn more.
The lifespan of your tires depends on several factors such as:
- Driving habits: Frequent high-speed driving, hard braking, and fast acceleration can wear out your tires more quickly.
- Road conditions: Rough roads, potholes, and uneven surfaces can accelerate the wear and tear of your tires.
- Weather: Extreme temperatures and exposure to sunlight can cause your tires to degrade over time.
- Tire maintenance: Regular tire rotations, alignments, and balancing are maintenance items that can help extend the life of your tires.
So, how often should you replace your tires?
Most tire manufacturers recommend replacing your tires approximately every six years, regardless of the number of miles you've driven on them or tread wear. The rubber compounds used to construct the tires can break down over time, even if they haven't been heavily used. Additionally, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) informs people to replace their tires when the tread depth reaches 2/32 of an inch.
In addition to age and wear, there are other warning signs that indicate it's time to replace your car tires, including:
- Uneven wear: If your tires are wearing unevenly, it could be a sign of alignment or suspension problems. Uneven wear can also be caused by driving on underinflated tires.
- Bulges or cracks: Bulges or cracks in your tires can weaken the structure and increase the risk of a blowout.
- Vibrations: If you feel shakiness while driving, it could be a sign of a tire balance or alignment problem that has been left alone for far too long.
- Low tread depth: If your tread depth is less than 2/32 of an inch, it's time to replace your tires.
If you're unsure whether it's time to replace your tires, bring your car to Springdale Automotive to find out. We can inspect your tires and get you back on the road safely.