Understanding When It’s Time To Replace Your Car's Tires

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Your on-road safety is important, and your car's tires play a big role in that safety. By providing a secure yet nimble connection to the road, you're able to navigate over difficult, slick or unsteady terrain safely, but only if your tires are performing at an optimum level. As wear and tear start to take effect, the grip your car has on the road lessens over time. Ensure you can enjoy proper, safe traction by learning about the signs to look when determining the health of your tires.

The Importance of the Penny Test

Many states require a tread depth of 2/32", which is the exact distance from the very top of Lincoln's head to the edge of the penny, so it's important to keep that in mind while measuring at-home. The penny test is a decent indicator of the state of your tires, but be sure to have them replaced before they dip below that measurement. Knowing when to replace your car's tires also largely depends on the type of environmental conditions you encounter, such as heavy rain or snow.

When Should I Replace Tires on New Car?

Many motorists are familiar with the penny test when it comes to checking the tread on your tires, and while it's not the be-all and end-all, it can help drivers keep on eye on their tread levels at home. Tread wear is a slow process and is not visible in day-to-day use, but rather, over a longer period of time. When you place a penny upside between the tread's of your tire - so that Lincoln is upside down - people used to believe that if the tire obscures the top of Lincoln's head, then you're in good shape. If you can see the penny above his head, then it's time for a new set. However, it's not quite as simple as that anymore, as we have learned more about on-road safety and have implemented requirements when it comes to tire treads.

What is the Penny Test?

Many states require a tread depth of 2/32", which is the exact distance from the very top of Lincoln's head to the edge of the penny, so it's important to keep that in mind while measuring at-home. The penny test is a decent indicator of the state of your tires, but be sure to have them replaced before they dip below that measurement. Knowing when to replace your car's tires also largely depends on the type of environmental conditions you encounter, such as heavy rain or snow.

How Often Should I Replace Tires on My Car?

The answer to this question depends on where you live, how much you drive, and if you're driving often. If you keep up with your alignments and don't have to deal with harsh winters or tough terrain, you may not have to change your tires as often. However, it's important to use tricks like the Penny Test to check once and a while. If you frequently find yourself traveling on rainy days, it's recommended that you replace your car, truck or SUV's tires when they reach 4/32" of their remaining tread depth. This helps rain escape through the grooves, which lessens the likelihood of hydroplaning. Worn treads also increase stopping distances, so before the rainy season sets in, be sure to check your tire's treads! However, when you notice 5/32" of remaining tread Depth and live near snow-covered roads, you should think about replacing your tires as well.

Don't Know How to Replace Tires on a Car? Bring Your Vehicle to Us!

If you're a driver in the Los Angeles, California area that takes winter snowboarding trips up to Big Bear, you'll want to consider replacing your tires when they reach 5/32" of remaining tread depth. Snow is harder to compress, and your tires need to be able to not only maintain traction but release the snow through the groves as your car rolls. The more worn your treads, the harder it is for your vehicle to grip the road.

If you're a driver in the Santa Monica, Pacific Palisades or Brentwood, California area that has any tire concerns, get in touch with 26th Street Auto Center! We'll use state-of-the-art equipment to measure your treads, and have new options in stock should it be time for a replacement!

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