Your tires are one of the most important parts of your vehicle. Without good, sturdy tires, you could not get from point A to point B safely.
Fortunately, quality tires tend to have a long lifespan. Also, your tires will often give you warning signs when they don't work like they should. The key is to know these warning signs, to be on the lookout for them, and to take care of any issues as soon as they pop up. If you can do these things, then you can avoid finding yourself in a potentially dangerous situation due to faulty tires.
Look out for the following signs that you have worn down tires.
Cracks and Crevices
Many people are under the mistaken impression that tires just give out and blow one day.
While that can sometimes happen - such as if you run over a nail - more often than not, damage occurs a little at a time.
Long before a blowout, for example, tires will often develop small cracks, rips, and tears in the sidewall. If you don't tend to these, these small issues can develop into much bigger ones.
Regularly inspect your tires for cracks or other small damages. The sooner you fix these smaller issues, the less likely of the possibility that you'll end up with major tire problems.
Low Tread Depth
In addition to regularly inspecting your tires for signs of damage, have a professional check the tread depth on a fairly regular basis. How often you should check your depth will depend on a number of aspects, such as how often you drive and the conditions in which you drive. Ask your mechanic about how often the mechanic or you should check your tires.
In general, if your tread depth ever gets lower than 1/16th of an inch, you need to replace your tires. Do this right away too since every day you drive with super low tread depth is a dangerous day.
Good tires take you on a smooth ride. Tires that have some kind of issue will often shake or vibrate, which can lend a shaky feeling to your entire vehicle.
If you have vibrating tires, have a professional look at them. The problem could be the tires themselves or some kind of alignment issue at play. Whatever the case may be, take vibrations seriously and have a professional check over your tires.
Another thing to keep in mind is that tires, even good ones, don't last forever. In fact, on average, tires often last only a few years.
So, if your tires are older, especially if you bought them used, you'll want to be even more vigilant about checking them for the signs of wear and tear.
Buying used tires in the first place might not always be a good idea, especially if you are unsure about their exact age. Thus, always try to buy your tires new and to keep careful track of how long you've had them.
Damage From Accidents or Rough Driving
Finally, you should always get your tires looked at if you've had any kind of accident. Even if your tires don't look like they have sustained damage, you might have unseen issues that will require attention.
Likewise, if you're recently driven on rough terrain or gone over a big pothole, you'll want to check over your tires carefully.
If you can do all of these things, you can often avoid a blowout.
Sometimes, though, even with the best care, blowouts and other tire problems pop up out of nowhere. If this happens to you, remember you can always call on the wrecker and towing experts at Hix Wrecker Service Inc.