1. Inspect the depth of your tires’ tread. Your tires’ tread should not be below 1/16 of an inch in depth. To test how much tread you have, take a penny and insert the penny into the tread. If Lincoln’s entire head is visible, you don’t have enough tread. However, if you drive on wet surfaces often, you most likely need double the tread depth.
2. Many newer tires have indicator bars built into them. The flat, rubber bars run perpendicular to the direction of the tread and if one are more is visible, your tread is getting low and you may need new tires.
3. If you notice any cuts within the sidewall that are visible to the naked eye, your tire may be developing an air leak or even worse, a blowout. Get your car to the dealer or repair shop and have the technicians take a look at it. They may recommend replacing your tires at that point.
4. Once the outside surface of your tire begins to weaken, it will develop blisters and bulges. As soon as this happens, get your car to a repair shop to avoid a disastrous blowout.
5. Be wary of any excess vibration or thumping noises when you drive as it could be a sign that your rear tires are out of balance or misaligned. Even if the tires aren’t the source of the vibration, the vibration itself may cause problems and damage the tires. Take your car to a mechanic as soon as you notice anything wrong to make sure your car gets back to running smoothly.
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AZ Insurance Team
*All policies are a little different and this may not be applicable to your insurance policy, talk to your agent to see what your policy covers.*