Nobody ever wants to deal with getting new tires for their car, truck or SUV. Like a lot of automotive maintenance tasks, it's just something that has to be done every once in awhile. The more you drive, the more the treads will wear out. Eventually, it becomes quite dangerous to drive on bald tires.
Losing Control on the Road
When tires lose their tread depth, you minimize the traction between the rubber and the road. You may find the wheels slip upon acceleration or the vehicle drifts a bit on corners. You might not come to a full stop as quickly or easily. Obviously, all of these scenarios can be a little scary when you don't have complete control of your vehicle while driving. You are endangering yourself and anyone else on the roads or sidewalks around you!
Beware of Blowouts!
The biggest concern of worn tires is that you run the risk of a blowout. A weak tire can completely lose integrity at any given time, whether you are driving slow in a parking lot or 80 MPH on the freeway. Any debris, bumps or potholes and rip your tires to shreds as they struggle to contain the intense air pressure inside. Blowouts also usually do significant damage to the wheels, brakes and suspension. In fact, many common brake, suspension, power steering, wheel alignment and drivetrain issues come from driving on bad tires.
Checking Your Tread Depth and Air Pressure
It's a good idea to check your tire tread depth regularly. If you aren't sure, take your vehicle to an auto shop or tire center that can measure the tread depth, look for damage, check the air pressure and inspect for uneven tread wear as a result of some other mechanical problems such as wheel misalignment. You can buy a simple tire air pressure gauge or use the ones readily available at gas stations. Check your air pressure regularly to make sure they are all inflated equally at the manufacturer's recommended PSI (usually found on a sticker on either the driver's side or passenger's side door jamb). If you are consistently losing pressure in one or more tires, that means there is likely a leak or other damage that you'll want to get repaired.
If you are in the Northern Delaware area and are in need of new tires for your vehicle, come on into Fox Run Auto. Be sure and download our current coupon for $40 off the purchase of 4 new tires. Call us today at (312) 597-9205 or https://www.foxrunauto.com/appointments.